Fun Fact

Vernal equinox is the first day of spring. 

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Megan W., University Exams Coordinator

Thank you so much for all of your help with letting our students [take proctored tests]. The instructor commented that you seem so accommodating and wanted you to know how much it is appreciated!  Thank you and all the staff at WDM! 



What Volunteer Opportunities does the Library offer?

We appreciate your choice to offer your time and abilities to the West Des Moines Public Library! We periodically have volunteer opportunities. We ask that you fill out one of the applications below, so that we have your information. As needs and opportunities arise, we can then contact you.


Adults (18 years and older):

Library Adult Volunteer Application

Please fill out the Adult Volunteer Application linked above and return it to the First Floor Service Desk. We try to match our applicant’s interests, abilities, and schedule with available positions. Your application will be kept on file for approximately one year, and you will be contacted if an appropriate position becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the library Community Services Office at 515-222-3407. Available duties include:

  • homebound delivery
  • pulling hold items
  • straightening, dusting, and shelf reading


Teens (under 18 years old):

Group Service Project Application

Student Volunteer Application

For more information on the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, please click here

During the school year, the Library offers two volunteer opportunities for students:

  1. Group Service Project – A monthly, two-hour volunteer opportunity for students in 9th – 12th grade interested in helping the library with a variety of tasks that require no experience or prior training. This volunteer opportunity is ideal for students looking for Silver Cord or other types of service hours. Students interested in this volunteer opportunity should return a completed Group Service Project Application to the library.
  2. Student Volunteers – A few positions are available to a limited amount of students interested in working with library staff in a variety of capacities. Potential student volunteers should return a completed Student Volunteer Application to the Library.  In order to apply to be a student volunteer, students must meet the following guidelines:
    1. Students must commit to working 2 hours per week for no less than one semester.
    2. Students must be 13-18 years old and have finished 7th
    3. Students must be willing to perform a variety of tasks and receive continual training.
    4. Students should be flexible, self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, and cooperative.


Summer Volunteer Applications

WDM Library Summer Volunteer Application 2019

The Library is looking for teen volunteers to help with Summer Reading Club!  Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of activitites this summer including:

  • Help with programs and events for kids
  • Summer Reading Club signup and prize give-a-way
  • Prepare program materials
  • Call prize winners
  • Shelve picture books and help with book returns
  • Cleaning, dusting, and tiding public areas

Potential summer volunteers should return a completed Summer Volunteer Application to the Library.  Please contact the library with questions,