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"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~Anne Herbert

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I've been coming to the West Des Moines Library since I was two years old - I'm twelve years old. The library has helped grow my vocabulary, imagination, and love for reading. I will be a published author of a children's book in March 2012, but I wouldn't be so without my weekly visits to the reading palace.  I luv the library! 



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


Teens (under 18 years old):

WDM Library Group Service Project Application 2016-17

Are you looking for a few Silver Cord, Community Service, or volunteer hours?  The Library is looking for volunteers to help out with monthly group service projects.   We will be performing a variety of tasks to help out the Library.   No experience or training necessary!

Project is for students in 9th-12th grade. To participate or for more information please call 515.222.3412 or email


**PLEASE NOTE: all of our regular student volunteer positions for the 2016-2017 school year have been filled**

WDM Library Student Volunteer Application 2016-17

We are interested in student volunteers who have completed 7th grade who are self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, and cooperative.  Please complete the Student Volunteer Application then return the application to any of the Library’s service desks.  After your volunteer application is reviewed, your name will be put on a list of potential volunteers. Your name will remain on the list of potential volunteers until a need arises. You will only be contacted if we are in need of a volunteer.

Volunteer positions are for students in 8th-12th Grade. To participate or for more information please call 515.222.3412 or email