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JulieAnn, stay-at-home mom

I believe my daughter developed her appreciation for reading because of the comprehensive children's reading programs at the WDM Library. They are fun, educational and interactive. The staff are caring, know your child's name and listen with an open heart. I love our Children's Department!! 



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):

Summer Student Volunteers

WDM Library Summer Volunteer Application

The Library has a special need for several volunteers during the summer months.  Volunteers must be at least 13 years old AND have completed 7th grade.  To be considered for a volunteer position, please return a completed Summer Volunteer Application to the Library.  Please email with questions.  PLEASE NOTE: Summer Student Volunteer Applications will be accepted through May 28.


Student Volunteers (school year)

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 (school year)

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 2015-2016 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.