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 older)
- Group Service Projects
- Teens & High School Community Service (ages 14 and older)
- Contact Information
Library Helper (neighborhood libraries)
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 on a rolling basis. As a condition of volunteering, a free background check must be cleared prior to starting.
Adaptive Services Volunteer
Tutor blind, low-vision, deaf and disabled patrons. 2-3 hrs/week for three months or more. Volunteers are admitted and trained on a rolling basis. A free background check is required. Temporarily suspended until central library interim services begin.
Special Events Volunteer
Help usher at Library events such as author talks, open houses, youth programs and more! This is a great opportunity for outgoing library lovers who have limited time in their schedules.
Serve at Your Library as a Group Volunteer
Help out in a group of volunteers with large-scale projects such as shifting books, cleaning shelves, ushering at events, assembling materials and more! This is a great opportunity for organizations that wish to volunteer as a group.
Teen Library Helper (neighborhood libraries)
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 are unable to honor requests for lots of hours at the last minute, so please apply early!)
- Find your desired library or the library closest to you.
- Print and complete the Teen and High School Community Service Application and Permission Slip.
- Return your application to staff at your local library or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before matching you to a project, staff may wish to interview you further about your skills and interests.