Looking for a rewarding and fun experience? The library may be just the place for you! We are looking for reliable volunteers to support the library’s mission of “providing diverse resources for life-long learning and enjoyment.” Individuals 18 years of age and older interested in volunteering at the library are encouraged to apply.
Ages 12-17 can volunteer at the library but their application process and expectations are a little different. The teen application window is only open at the beginning of the school year (September) and before summer (April). Check out our Teen Programs page to see the current status of teen volunteer opportunities.
Role of Volunteers:
Volunteers are here to assist library staff in their attempts to fulfill the goals and mission of the Urbandale Public Library. Their efforts are essential to maintaining library services and allowing staff to use time for professional tasks. With ongoing training, they help expand and enhance library services and provide an educational and cultural link to the community.
Volunteers are ambassadors for the library in the community and help create public awareness concerning all the programs and services the library provides. It is important that volunteers accept training and instruction with an open mind and a willingness to serve the public.
Examples of Potential Volunteer Tasks:
- Clean and check AV materials for damage
- Straighten books, magazines, etc.
- Support library book sales by helping staff sort and arrange items for sale
- Assist with program set-up/clean-up
If interested, please read through the Volunteer Handbook that details the role and responsibilities of UPL volunteers, which can be found here. Potential volunteers will also be required to:
- Complete a volunteer application
- Complete a background check form
- Schedule and complete an interview with library staff
- If regularly volunteering, be able to commit a minimum of 1-2 hours per week
For more information, contact:
Leah Cummings, Library Volunteer Coordinator
Residents of Urbandale interested in volunteering to serve on the Library’s Board of Trustees should apply through the City of Urbandale’s website.