Volunteer at the Library
DC Public Library offers regular and periodic volunteer opportunities for ages 14 and up. Whether you're new in town, a longtime D.C. resident, club, college student or library professional, we look forward to hearing from you!
- Adults (ages 18 and up)
- Projects & Special Events (for groups or individuals)
- Teens & High School Community Service (ages 14 - 17)
- Contact Information
50+ Program Series Volunteer (Anacostia and Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Libraries)
The 50+ Program will a series of events designed by DC Public Library and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation. This program will be geared toward meeting the needs of older adults (50+) by providing them with the latest information on financial management, health and nutrition, new technology, and job readiness. The environment will be part socializing, part education, and part social services. Qualified volunteers are currently being sought in anticipation of this program which will launch at the Anacostia and Lamond-Riggs Libraries in mid-October 2013. For more information, see the full position description.
Library Helper (neighborhood libraries and Martin Luther King)
Assist with shelving, computer coaching, programs and more at a local library. 2-3 hrs/week for three months or more. Library Helpers are interviewed, admitted and trained quarterly on a seasonal basis. As a condition of volunteering, a free background check must be cleared prior to starting.
Adaptive Services Volunteer (Martin Luther King only)
Tutor blind, low-vision, deaf and disabled patrons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 2-3 hrs/week for three months or more. Volunteers are admitted and trained on a rolling basis. A free background check is required.
Computer Class Instructor (Martin Luther King only)
Teach computer classes at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Two classes per month commitment for six or more months. Volunteers are admitted and trained on a rolling basis. A free background check is required.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up…
- Summer Reading Kick-Off (May 2012)
- DC Reads (October 2012 – November 2012)
Teen Library Helper (neighborhood libraries or Martin Luther King)
High school community service may be earned at a local library depending on project and supervisor ability. You must be 14 or older, and can complete up to five service hours per week. (We can't honor requests for lots of hours at the last minute, so please apply early!) Sorry, court-ordered hours are not eligible for this role.
- Visit www.dclibrary.org/about/neighborhood to find the library closest to you
- Print and complete the High School Community Service Application & Permission Slip
- Return your application to staff at your local library
Before matching you to a project, staff may wish to interview you further about your skills and interests.
Can't find what you're looking for? Call the volunteer program at 202-741-5803 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.