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!

With a variety of volunteer positions available, we can match you with an opportunity that will help us meet the community’s information needs and bring you camaraderie, challenges, and fun!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

BIG Book Saleformer Bon Ton building at Park City Center

Be among FRIENDS when you volunteer to help with CLEAN UP of the Big Book Sale! Each year (for the past 66 years!) the Friends of Lancaster Public Library host a Big Book Sale with proceeds from the sale directly benefit Lancaster Public Library and its patrons.

  • Clean Up Volunteers
    • Wednesday, May 25 from 6-9PM
    • We need your help removing EVERYTHING from the facility. A major part of cleanup is putting the unsold books into large cardboard gaylords which will be placed at various places around the floor of the facility. We also will remove signs and tables – this can be physical work! The more help, the quicker we get finished.
  • Good to know info
    • There is no need to sign up for the above volunteer opportunities, just come to the former Bon Ton building at the designated times and we will put you to work 😀
    • Enter the former Bon Ton building via doors on the east side of the building (Boscov’s side).
    • Ages 14+ please
    • This role will require walking, bending, and lifting up to 40 lbs. 
      • Accommodations available upon request
    • Please wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing
    • Space will be available to safely store small items like a coat, keys, purse, water bottle or packed lunch/snack
    • Limited volunteer opportunities may be available during the book sale. Contact lkaliss@lancasterpubliclibrary.org to learn more.

Lancaster Public Library – Lancaster City Branch

  • Plant Care Specialist(s)
    • We are looking for an indoor plant enthusiast to help our potted plants grow and thrive. Duties include: watering, repotting plants, pot-washing, and light maintenance.

Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch

We do great things every day at the Mountville Branch—but we can’t do any of those things without the time and effort provided by our generous volunteers!

  • Shelving Volunteers
    • With its vast collection of books, DVDs, and audiobooks, the Mountville Branch is in need of detail-oriented volunteers to assist in restocking new and returned material.

Juliana Bookstore – at the Lancaster City Branch

The Juliana Bookstore sells quality used books for all ages at extremely reasonable prices. If you have a few hours free weekly or monthly, please consider becoming a member of our volunteer staff.

  • Book Seller
    • Work in our volunteer-staffed bookstore. Regularly interact with people of our community and help them find books and suggest them too!

Book Operations Team Members – Book ReSort

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.