Volunteer at the Library
Lend Us Your Time and Talents!
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!
Volunteers impact literacy by donating their time in the following ways:
Adults (ages 18 and up)
- Adaptive Technology Trainer – The Adaptive Technology Trainer will provide computer tutoring through the use of JAWS or another adaptive technology at the Library Express – Center for Accessibility
- American Sign Language Instructor – The American Sign Language Instructor will teach or serve as backup substitute teachers for the DC Public Library ASL classes. ASL classes meet once a week during the daytime and/or evening at the Library Express – Center for Accessibility and any of the other neighborhood libraries. Days and times of classes are negotiated according to volunteer availability, and needs/interests of the particular library and the community.
- Center for Accessibility Orientation and Mobility Assistant – The Center for Accessibility Orientation and Mobility Assistant will provide sighted guide assistance to blind students who are navigating from the Metro Access drop-off point around the library.
- Music Time Helper – The Music Time Helper will assist with the coordination of Music Time, directing those with strollers and passing out musical instruments. After, a Helper may be assigned to clean up with staff.
- Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer – The Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer will support large-scale projects such as shifting books, cleaning shelves, ushering at Library events (author talks, open houses and youth programs), and assembling materials. This is a great opportunity for organizations that wish to volunteer as a group.
- Special Events Volunteer – The Special Events Volunteer will support Library events such as author talks, open houses, youth programs and more. This is a great opportunity for out-going library lovers who have limited time in their schedules.
- Toddler Explorations Helper – The Toddler Explorations Helper will assist with the set up and take down of the program. Set up may include crafting, moving tables, and readying supplies. A Toddler Explorations Helper may do other duties as needed.
- Tutor and Study Lounge Program Monitor – The Tutor and Study Lounge Program Monitor will assist with expanding our Tutor and Study Lounge program by setting up the Tutor and Study Lounge area at a neighborhood library. Monitor the Study Lounge area and report any disruption or violation of library Rules of Behavior to the Library Manager or Librarian-in-Charge.
- Volunteer Computer Instructor – The Volunteer Computer Instructor will teach one or more computer software or computer-based classes to the Library’s adult customers in support of the DC Public Library’s Free Computer Class Program.
All applicants ages 18 and up must successfully complete a background check. This process may take 2-3 weeks and the cost is covered by the Library.
Teens (ages 14-17)
The Library maintains a dedicated group of teen volunteers, ages 14-17. Teen volunteers play a crucial role at DC Public Library. They help create displays and booklists, shelve materials, assist with children’s programs, set up activities, photo copy library forms and much more. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn valuable job-related skills., help out within their community, promote literacy, and meet new people.
High School community service may be earned at a local library depending on project and supervisor availability. Teens can complete up to five service hours per week. (We are unable to honor last minute requests). Therefore, you must apply no later than March 1 for the current school year, to be considered.
Group Service Projects
Serve at Your Library as a Group Volunteer
The Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer will support large-scale projects such as shifting books, cleaning shelves, ushering at Library events (author talks, open houses and youth programs), and assembling materials. This is a great opportunity for organizations that wish to volunteer as a group.
Court-Mandated Community Service
At the present time, we do not accept court-ordered volunteer applicants. We recommend you visit Serve DC, The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships’ website at serve.dc.gov or 202-727-7925 for assistance.
Due to a high volume of applications received, only applicants who meet the qualifications will be contacted for an interview. This process may take approximately 2-3 weeks.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call the volunteer program at 202-741-5990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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