Volunteer at the Library

Volunteer at the Library

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        Volunteer at the Library

DC Public Library is currently recruiting for volunteers for several positions. The 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)

MLK Library Docent & Welcome Ambassador Volunteer – Do you have a passion for literature, history and architecture? DC Public Library invites you to join a team of Docent and Welcome Ambassadors who will assist members of the public in learning, understanding and enjoying the recently modernized Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, its artwork, history, and extensive services and collections.

Volunteers will:
  • Welcome and introduce visitors to DC Public Library
  • Lead tours of the Library                                                                                                                                     
American Sign Language (ASL) 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.

English Language Learners Volunteer – The Adult Learning Department at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is seeking qualified ELL volunteers to provide English language lessons to students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, with a specific emphasis on the ELL Vocabulary for the Workplace. Volunteers will be responsible for planning lessons and activities, and encouraging and motivating students to develop written and oral skills for workplace purposes.

Special Events Volunteer – The Special Events Volunteer will support Library events such as author talks, concerts, open houses, youth programs and more. This is a great opportunity for out-going Library enthusiasts who have limited time in their schedules.

Volunteer Computer Instructor – Volunteer Computer Instructors will teach one or more of Microsoft Office computer software or computer-based classes to the Library’s adult customers in support of the Adult Learning Department’s Workforce Digital Literacy Training Program.

Complete position descriptions are available through the application portal. All applicants ages 18 and up must successfully complete a background check. This process may take 2-3 weeks; the cost is covered by the Library.

Teens (ages 14-17) 

Teen Book Reviewer Volunteer – 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 review of a book and one 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 14-17 (applicants who are ages 18 and older, and are enrolled in high school are considered)
  • Strong writing skills are preferred 
  • Ability to follow instructions and receive feedback 
  • Bilingual applicants are welcome and encouraged
  • 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  
Week Two: 1 hour for reviewing feedback from staff editor and editing review for final draft

TRAINING: One-hour virtual orientation over WebEx
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 for the upcoming fall cohort is AUGUST 6, 2021.
Teen Special Events Volunteer (ages 14-17) – Teen Special Events Volunteers will support Library events such as author talks, concerts, open houses, youth programs and more. This is a great opportunity for teens who have limited time in their schedule and can commit to serving for one day or as needed. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

QUESTIONS: Contact Stacey Lucas, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, via email at libraryvolunteers@dc.gov or 202-741-5990.

Group Service Projects

Group Service Volunteer
Group Service Volunteers 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.

Before matching you to a project, staff may wish to interview you further about your skills and interests.
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.

Contact Us

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call the volunteer program at 202-741-5990 or email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov.
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