Do you love books? Do you find yourself at the library often?

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your talents and expertise, to make new friends, or to learn new skills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Lancaster Public Library is looking for you to join our corps of dedicated volunteers! By sharing your time and talent you can make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community.

Explore our current volunteer opportunities to see where you could help us better serve our communities.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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We value the many contributions our Lancaster Public Library volunteers make each year. In 2017, volunteers at the Lancaster City branch contributed more than 4,500 hours of time and talent!

Our volunteer opportunities range from teaching computer classes; assisting with children, adult, and teen programs and events; to shelving books, CDs & DVDs, and more. Whether you have a few hours a week or month, or if you’d like a more flexible commitment throughout the year, we welcome your help.


We are looking for a faithful volunteer to care for our fish tank and all the fish who call the tank home. The right person will be: knowledgeable about fish & fish tanks (obviously!), available to answer questions about fish, good with children (because the fish tank is in the Children’s Room), and have five gallon tanks and a gravel hose cleaner. If that describes you (or someone you know), click on the link below to get started on your volunteer journey!

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Join our team of experienced volunteer tutors who teach vital computer skills to adults. Tutors work in pairs with up to 10 students per class for four-week sessions on Intro to Computers, Word-Levels 1 and 2, and Excel-Levels 1 and 2. We currently hold only evening classes, but would welcome tutors with daytime availability!

D&D Dungeon Master(s)

We can give you twenty reasons (one for every side of the die) to volunteer as a Dungeon Master for our Adult and/or Tween & Teen D&D groups. Contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for more information!

Juliana Bookstore Assistant ManagerThe Juliana Bookstore is accepting applications for a Volunteer Assistant Manager. The ideal candidate will enjoy mixing with people of all ages, helping customers find the ideal books, using a cash register and credit card machine, and making attractive displays. The time commitment is ~20 hours/month. Please contact Leigh Kaliss for more information.

Juliana Bookstore Volunteer

Do you love books? Have you ever imagined having your own bookstore? Here’s a chance to volunteer, and give some valuable time to an important fundraising outlet for the Lancaster Public Library. We have an opening on Mondays from 12-3. Please contact Leigh Kaliss for more information.

Window Display Volunteer

Do you have an eye for window display design? We are looking for a volunteer to create whimsical and inviting window displays for the Children & Teen Services department on a monthly-ish basis. This is a volunteer position that pays in bragging rights, social media attention, and adoration from LPL staff & patrons! Contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for more information!

Program Assistants

We are looking for volunteers to help us launch, lead, or support the following programs:

Chess Club Leader

Chronicles of Yarnia: A Knit & Crochet Club

Rubik’s Cube Club Leader

Science Fiction Book Club

Spanish Language Book Club

Apply Today!

To apply for any of the above positions, please begin your online volunteer application by clicking the button below, or request a paper application from our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator. Volunteer applications are also available at your local branch.

Volunteer Application

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older, and all volunteers over the age of 18 must submit a Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance, as well as a fingerprint-based Federal Criminal History background check. If you have lived in PA for 10 consecutive years, rather than pursue the fingerprint based background check, you can sign a Disclosure Statement.

Please read the Letter to Prospective Volunteers to learn more about the volunteer application process. For detailed information about required volunteer certifications (mandated by state law and our policies), please see our Volunteer Certification Procedure.

If you have questions, please contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Leigh Kaliss, at 717-394-2651, ext. 101.