Volunteer

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

Are you searching for an opportunity to utilize your talents & expertise?

Are you ready to make new friends and 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 volunteers make each year. In 2018, Lancaster Public Library volunteers contributed more than 7,600 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.

Chronicles of Yarnia Volunteer

Lancaster Public Library’s knit & crochet club, is a vibrant group that meets most Mondays at 6:30 pm. The program has become so popular we are looking for another instructor (or two!) to support the participants. We are looking for individuals with knitting skills (bonus if you you crochet, too!), who are willing (and able!) to teach others the art of knitting and/or crocheting. If you aren’t a knitter, perhaps you know someone who is! If so, please help us spread the word 🙂

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.

Flower Box & Exterior Planter Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to take over ownership of our flower boxes & exterior planters. Rather than have them looking 😍 two seasons out of the year, our goal is to keep them beautiful all year ‘round! If you have a 💚👍🏻 and a flair for landscape design (on a small, urban scale) please consider applying for this volunteer role!

Lapsit Storytime Volunteer

Are you an outgoing and friendly person who loves interacting with (very) small children and their caregivers? Can you see yourself sharing your love of books with a room of 0-3 year olds every Thursday morning? If the thought puts a spring in your step, APPLY TODAY. This opportunity won’t last long!

Juliana Bookstore Assistant Manager 

The 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.

Juliana Bookstore Volunteers

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 openings to fit many different schedules!

Mountville Branch Volunteers

We are recruiting a few volunteers to support circulation activities at the Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch. Our Mountville Branch volunteers perform many important jobs, and are essential to maintaining quality library service.

Play, Learn, and Grow with Me Volunteers

We are looking for two (2) volunteers to support this five-week series of playshops for children ages 1 – 3 and their caregivers – one on Thursday evenings and one on Friday mornings. In addition to set up and break down the room each week, the volunteer will be stationed at the art exploration table. Those who love drawing, working with playdough, fingerpainting, and exploring rice sensory bins are encouraged to apply!

Program Assistants

We are looking for volunteers to help us launch and lead the following programs:

Chess Club Leader (youth program)

Rubik’s Cube Club Leader (youth program)

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.