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

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

Are you ready to make new friends and to learn new skills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Lancaster Public Library is looking for you to join our corps of dedicated volunteers! Your willingness to share your time and talents will enrich our library and enhance our ability to serve the public.

We value the many contributions our volunteers make each year. In 2019, Lancaster Public Library volunteers contributed more than 8,000 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 everything in between. 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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Book Operations Team Members

While we don’t have any openings at the library, we can use all kinds of volunteers to support our ever-growing book sale projects! Below are a few specific areas we could use help with – not in any particular order and all with training provided:

  • Book Donation Volunteers
    • Ability to move donated books (in boxes and bags) to skids and run pallet jack
    • Monday and Wednesday morning shifts available immediately
      • Looking to add first Saturday hours in the future
  • Book Sorting Volunteers
    • Includes people with special interests – kid’s books, cookbooks, history knowledge, etc.
    • Monday and Wednesday morning shifts available immediately
      • Looking to add first Saturday hours in the future
  • Internet Sales Team Member
    • Basic computer skills needed, will train with specifics
  • Leadership Team
    • Looking for volunteers to help with the overall planning and execution of book sale events
  • Warehouse Team
    • Looking to add members to our team responsible for storing books for sales, planning transport to Big Book Sale, keeping warehouse efficient and productive

The Book ReSort, located at 225 N. Marshall Street in Lancaster is the headquarters for our Book Operations Team.

Apply Today!

The application process begins when you click on the volunteer application button below. For paper applications, please contact our Manager of Community Engagement or visit your local LPL 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 and submit the 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.