Ames Public Library values the incredible work our volunteers do for us. Annually, over 500 volunteers donate almost 17,000 hours of service to the Library. That level of support is vital to our success and our ability to meet our community’s needs.



Spend some of your summer helping out at the Library! We need your help with the Ames Public Library youth summer volunteer program (APL-Y). Volunteers support staff with youth and family events at the Library and at area parks. We also also need assistance with a variety of projects including shelving returned items, labeling materials, collection assessment, and more! You must be 11-18 years old to volunteer through APL-Y. Contact Sarah Bohlke at 239-5663 or sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org for information on the application process.


Help out our Youth Services staff with Story Line! Staff and volunteers record themselves reading stories or jokes using the Library's phone system. Customers listen to the recordings by calling the Story Line phone number. Recording on Story Line is very easy to do and can be done comfortably from home. Training is provided. While we welcome anyone interested in helping with this service, we would love to find volunteers who are comfortable reading stories in languages other than English. 



Our online programming is archived digitally with auto-generated subtitles that always need a bit of editing. No specialized skills or experience is necessary--just a basic comfort level with spelling and grammar. Training is provided. This is a great opportunity to volunteer remotely from the comfort of home.

If you have questions about the volunteer program in general, please contact Volunteer Services at (515) 239-5646 ext. 5 or e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator at sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org.



Project Smyles is APL’s outreach program to area daycares/preschools focusing on early literacy skills. We serve all the daycares/preschools in the Ames community by providing them with “deposit collections” (small temporary libraries, approx. 50 books each) that remain at each center for a month. Volunteers will assist Youth Services staff by selecting materials based off of pre-planned, early literacy guidelines.  Each volunteer’s level of involvement is flexible as is scheduling. No special experience is needed but an interest in children’s literature or a familiarity with our children’s book collections would be helpful.