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 DC Public Library is looking for teens who enjoy books, movies and writing to author book and movie reviews for the library’s blog for teens, Teen’s Corner. Selected applicants will author one (1) review of a book and one (1) review of a movie that can be accessed using a DC Public Library card. Reviews will be written according to certain guidelines and sent to a library staff member for editorial review.
- Must be between the ages of 13 - 19
- Strong writing skills are preferred
- Ability to follow instructions and receive feedback
- Bilingual applicants are welcome
- A background check is required if the applicant is 18 years or older.
MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENTS: 1 - 3 hours of work per week
Week One: 1 hour for orientation, 1 hour for writing first draft of book review (beginning October 5)
Week Two: 1 hour for reviewing feedback from staff editor and editing review for final draft (beginning October 13)
Week Three: 1 hour for writing first draft of movie review (beginning October 19)
Week Four: 1 hour for reviewing feedback from staff editor and editing review for final draft (beginning October 26)
TRAINING: One-hour orientation over WebEx (training will be scheduled the first week of October).
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: Upon completion of training and book review, you will receive a total of 6 hours of community service credit.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Once your application has been received, the volunteer coordinator will contact you via phone or email to provide you with the login information for the WebEx training. The deadline to submit an application is FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2020.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Stacey Lucas, Volunteer Coordinator at via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 741-5990.
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 email@example.com.
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