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.


If you're interested in volunteering for the Library, please contact Sarah Bohlke at 239-5663 or sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org for information on the application process.


Our 2023 APL-Y program will be starting June 1st. Youth volunteers are needed for a variety of activities including Youth Services programming support, material processing (shelving, request fulfillment, etc.), Free Lunch program implementation, and much, much more.

APL-Y is open to youth ages 11 (or going into 5th grade) to 18 year old. If you are interested in helping out this summer, please complete the application below. Once applications are processed, each volunteer will have access to an online scheduling program to sign up for the activities you would like to help with and can commit to. 

There is no minimum amount of time a volunteer is required to serve.