Fun Fact

To know which way to go when they fly south, birds use a variety of techniques such as the position of the sun or stars and big landmarks like lakes, rivers or mountains.

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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 (adult or student), 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 above and return it to the Information 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. Possible duties may include:

  • straightening, dusting, shelf reading
  • delivering books to a homebound patron
  • children’s programs assistant, crafts preparation
  • special projects – stuffing envelopes, surveys, etc.
  • calling patrons regarding reserved items

Students (ages 13 to 18 years):

Student Volunteers

WDM Library Student Volunteer Application 2015-16

The Library offers 2-3 regular volunteer positions during the school year.  Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and have completed 7th grade.   Some volunteer duties may include:

  • Prepare program materials
  • Tidy public areas
  • Shelve picture books
  • Cleaning book bins, shelves, etc.
  • Dusting/straightening book shelves

To be considered for a volunteer position, please return a completed Student Volunteer Application to the Library.   Please email with questions.


Group Service Projects

WDM Library Group Service Project 2015.16

Are you looking for a few Silver Cord, Community Service, or volunteer hours?  The Library offers a monthly 2-hour Group Service Project for students age 14 – 18.  A variety of tasks will be performed and no training or experience is necessary.  Please see the Library’s Calendar of Events for 2014-2015 Group Service Project dates.

Registration and parent permission is required.  Please fill out a Group Service Project Application then return it to the Library.  Please email with questions.