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.

Book Tidyer

If you really enjoy creating order, tidying up spaces, making sure everything is in its place and looking organized, your talents will really be appreciated. All we require is that you help us have a library that is beautifully organized with books and materials readily available and in order.

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 Tween & Teen D&D group. We are looking for a few Dungeon Masters to spin stories, breathe life into characters, and move the D&D adventure forward for our tween & teen players! Are you ready to join our ranks? The right DMs will create the game for attendees, making it memorable, fun, and welcoming.

Help Make Virtual Reality a Reality at LPL

Our all-ages Virtual Reality program will not be a rousing success without YOUR help. At a minimum, we are looking for volunteers to help sign-in participants and provide crowd control every 2nd Wednesday between 5:45-7:45pm. If, in addition to possessing bottomless supplies of patience & kindness, you are tech-savvy enough to take on a leadership role, we will consider naming our first born children after you.

Program Assistants

We are looking for volunteers to help us facilitate the following programs at the Lancaster City Branch:

Chess Club Leader (youth program)

Family Movie Night (family program)

Rubik’s Cube Club Leader (youth program)

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. Apply today!

Friends of Lancaster Public Library Board Members

We are seeking applications for individuals to serve on the Friends of Lancaster Public Library Board of Directors. Applicants should be energetic, library-loving, and dynamic individuals looking to serve our community in a meaningful way. The Board plans and executes a number of special events each year to benefit Lancaster Public Library. Board members serve three-year terms, and commit to (mostly) monthly meetings. Contact Leigh Kaliss to request more information.

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 Manager of Community Engagement, Leigh Kaliss, at 717-394-2651, ext. 273.