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 welcome and 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 and 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.

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Join our 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!

Juliana Bookstore Assistant Manager

Our bookstores sell quality used books for all ages at extremely reasonable prices. We are looking for a volunteer to serve as Assistant Manager for the Juliana Bookstore. Please contact Leigh Kaliss 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


Are you an ardent supporter of the Lancaster Public Library? Would your friends describe you as a go-getter? Do you have energy to spare? Do you have an insatiable appetite for planning amazing events?

If you are energetic, self-motivated, and passionate about Lancaster City we want you to join our community-minded & dynamic Special Events Committee. The more interest you have in planning special events, the better!

Committee members will attend ~10 meetings/year, as well as the events they help plan. For more information, contact Lori Dietrich today!


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.