Careers and Volunteering at the Library


 Library Director: Deadline extended to March 24

The Van Meter Public Library is seeking applicants for the position of Library Director. The City of Van Meter is located in Dallas County, Iowa, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Van Meter offers a rural setting with quick access to urban amenities, just 10 minutes away from West Des Moines and Waukee. A great place to live and work, Van Meter is proud of its quality school system and abundant recreational opportunities. The Director is responsible for all aspects of library operations and functions, for advocating for the library at all times, and meeting the requirements of the Library Board, the community, the staff, and local and state government.

Must obtain Director Endorsement from the State Library of Iowa within the first two years of employment. 

A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library & Information Science, or a related field, is strongly preferred.

Consideration will also be given to candidates who possess one of the following: I. A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Education, Public Administration, Business or any related field. II. 3-5 years of experience working in a public library or another library institution.
Starting salary is $42,000-$44,000, commensurate with education and experience. Applications should be received by March 24, 2023. To apply, send resume and cover letter to See full job description here.


Volunteering at the library is a rewarding opportunity to help out in your community. Volunteers will learn how to accurately re-shelf books, help prepare for storytime crafts, assist with cleaning the library, and a variety of other activities. 

Summer Volunteers

We are looking for two individuals who can volunteer between four and six hours per week.  Volunteers usually work two hour shifts.  

Summer volunteers will begin the week of May 24th and work through the end of July, but of course we are happy to accommodate vacations, camps etc.

We reserve the right to run background checks on volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer at the Van Meter Public Library, please email Directory Nancy Studebaker at