Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers support and enrich the library through a variety of roles - from greeting customers to hunting down materials on hold to assisting with special events and projects. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities to choose from to suit your interests, skills, and schedule.

Check out the volunteer opportunities below and explore all the different ways to get involved with the Cedar Rapids Public Library...and your community!

To learn more about any of the opportunities, please contact Jessica Link at 319-739-0403 or linkj@crlibrary.org.

    Ongoing Opportunities Programs/Special Events/Projects

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For more information on volunteering with the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, click here.

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Library Concierge - Transform our library building into a welcoming environment
EEK_1092.JPGThe Library Concierge greets customers, answers questions about the building and current programs, assists customers with the self-check out process, provides basic directions and simple instructions for customers seeking help, and puts a personal touch to the library experience.

  • Library Concierge Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are available Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday from 1-5pm.
  • Weekly two-hour commitment for a minimum of three months. 

 

Holds Hunter - Search our stacks to help find the items customers want most
Our Holds Hunters work with staff to find materials in the library that customers have requested. These volunteers become extremely knowledgeable about the library layout and materials, get a backstage pass to the sorter room, and enjoy working independently behind the scenes.

  • Holds Hunter Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are available Monday-Friday at 8am or 2pm; Saturday at 8:30am or 2pm; Sunday at 12:30pm.
  • Weekly two-hour commitment for a minimum of three months.

 

Sorter Room Assistant - Get your hands on the revolutionary sorter at the downtown library
The Sorter Room Assistant works behind-the-scenes to help process returning library items. By monitoring the sorter, processing the materials bins, and managing the transit totes, you will help keep the library collection running smoothly while we circulate over one million items each year. 

  • Sorter Room Assistant Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are available Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday from 1-5pm.
  • Weekly two-hour commitment for a minimum of three months. 

 

Adopt-A-Shelf "Own" your little slice of library paradise
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Since opening the new downtown library, over 2 million items have been checked out and over 1 million people have walked through our doors and looked through our library shelves. Exciting stuff! And sometimes a bit messy. That’s why we need you!

As an adopt-a-shelf volunteer, you will keep your section in tip-top shape so that customers can easily find what they want in our clean, professional library. This volunteer opportunity is a great fit for families, companies, social groups, or individuals! It’s designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. We know the library could always use some extra care, and we want to work with your busy schedule to allow you to give back when you can. 

  • Adopt-A-Shelf Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are flexible and available Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday from 1-5pm.
  • A six month commitment for a minimum of 1-2 hours every two weeks. We will work with you to set some flexible scheduling parameters. Then you can schedule your time at your own convenience.


Media Maintenance - Get an Oscar for organization at the library
Media.JPGKeeping up with the library's wildly popular media collection is a big task - and we could use your help! Our Media Maintenance volunteers assist the library by shelving returning media, straightening media shelves, and filling empty display shelves. Since there is always work to do, this opportunity is designed to be incredibly flexible to fit your scheduling needs!

  • Media Maintenance Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are available Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday from 1-5pm.
  • A three month commitment for a minimum of two hours a week. We will work with you to set some flexible scheduling parameters. Then you can schedule your time at your own convenience.
  • This can be a great opportunity for a group of volunteers looking to work together. 

 

Clean Team - Help keep our libraries looking beautiful for our community
Our Clean Team volunteers keep the Library in tip-top shape by dusting and straightening shelves, tidying displays, straightening furniture, maintaining our technology areas, and spot cleaning on specific projects.

  • Clean Team Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are available Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday from 1-5pm.
  • A three month commitment for a minimum of one hour a week. We will work with you to set some flexible scheduling parameters. Then you can schedule your time at your own convenience.
  • This can be a great opportunity for a group of volunteers looking to work together. 

Volunteer Corps - Join our on-call volunteer crew
MEK_146.JPG Do you have the desire to volunteer but struggle with being
 able to make a regular commitment? Are you excited to get
 involved but worried about making a weekly obligation?

 Look no further - we have the perfect opportunity for you!

 Join our on-call Volunteer Corps and be eligible to help at
 special programs and events. The Corps go through the regular volunteer process, but are contacted on an as-needed basis for events such as children craft programs, teen cooking events, adult speaker series, summer reading programs, and special community events.

Many of these programs fall during evenings or on the weekends. Say "YES" as often as you like...but rest assured that saying "no" is also an option!

  • Volunteer Corps Job Description (pdf)
  • Opportunities are extremely flexible!
  • To be an active Volunteer Corps member, you must volunteer a minimum of two times per year
     

AmeriCorps VISTA Literacy Programs Coordinator Serve one-year with the library as part of AmeriCorps...and make a difference in the lives of young readersVISTA_logo.jpg

If you are considering a career in education or libraries or have your masters in library science - this could be the perfect opportunity for you! The library is partnering with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services to recruit an AmeriCorps national service member for a one-year placement in the library's children's department. This position will help expand the library's reading programs and volunteer opportunities to support literacy in our community. This is part of a federally funded program designed to grow the capacity of the library in making a difference by investing in young minds.