Fun Fact

The Folies-Bergere theater in New York began offering air conditioning in the summer of 1911 to lure audiences in to watch films and cool off.

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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, 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):

The Library offers two volunteer opportunities for students:

  1. Student Volunteers – Positions are available to a limited amount of students interested in working with staff in a variety of capacities. Students interested in this volunteer opportunity should fill out a WDM Library Student Volunteer Application (print copy also available at the library.)  Student Volunteers must meet the following guidelines:
    1. commit to working at least 2 hours per week for no less than one semester
    2. 13-18 years old and have finished 7th grade
    3. be willing to perform a variety of tasks and receive continual training
    4. be flexible, self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, and cooperative
  2. Group Service Project – A monthly, 2-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 opportunity should fill out a WDM Library Group Service Project Application 2019-20.

Please contact the Library with questions