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, our downtown library volunteers contributed more than 4,500 hours of time and talent!

Our volunteer opportunities range from teaching computer or ESL 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.

Bookstore Volunteers

Do you love books? Have you 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. Our bookstores sell quality used books for all ages at extremely reasonable prices. If you have 2-3 hours free weekly or monthly, please consider becoming a member of our volunteer staff. Hours are flexible and scheduling is done monthly.

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, Excel-Level I, and Intro to Google. We currently hold only evening classes, but would welcome tutors with daytime availability!

Program Assistants

We’re looking for volunteers to support some of our library programs:

Legos & More!

Chronicles of Yarnia: A Knit & Crochet Club

Winter Reading Celebration

Winter Reading Teen Party

Get Involved

Volunteer Application-Lancaster City branch

Volunteer Application-Leola branch

Volunteer Application-Mountville branch

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Lancaster Public Library; it would be great to have you join our team!

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 about the volunteer application process. For more 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 and Outreach Coordinator, Leigh Kaliss, at 717-394-2651, ext. 101.


For current volunteer opportunities at Lancaster Public Library branches in Leola and Mountville, please contact Lissa Holland, at 656-7920 (Leola) or 285-3231 (Mountville).