DC Public Library


Lend UsYour Time and Talents!

The DC Public Library offers regular and periodic volunteer opportunities for ages 14 and up. Whether you're new in town, a longtime DC resident, a club, college student, or professional, we look forward to hearing from you.

Adults (ages 18 and up)

Volunteers impact literacy by lending their time and talents in the following ways:

  • Adaptive Technology Trainer
  • American Sign Language Instructor
  • Center for Accessibility Orientation and Mobility Assistant
  • Music Time Helper
  • Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer
  • Special Events Volunteer
  • Toddler Explorations Helper
  • Tutor and Study Lounge Program Monitor
  • Volunteer Computer Instructor

All applicants ages 18 and up must successfully complete a background check.

Teens (ages 14-17)

Teen Volunteer 

The Library maintains a dedicated group of teen volunteers, ages 14-17. Teen volunteers play a crucial role at DC Public Library. They help create displays and booklists, shelve materials, assist with children's programs, set up activities, photo copy library forms and much more. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn valuable job-related skills., help out within their community, promote literacy, and meet new people. 

High school community service may be earned at a local library depending on project and supervisor availability. Teens can complete up to five service hours per week. (We are unable to honor last minute requests). Therefore, you must apply no later than March 1 for the current school year, to be considered.

Group Service Projects

Serve at Your Library as a Group Volunteer

The Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer will support large-scale projects such as shifting books, cleaning shelves, ushering at Library events (author talks, open houses and youth programs), and assembling materials. This is a great opportunity for organizations that wish to volunteer as a group.

Court-Mandated Community Service

At the present time, we do not accept court-ordered volunteer applicantts. We recommend you visit Serve DC, The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships' website at serve.dc.gov or 202-727-7925.

Due to a high volume of applications received, only applicants who meet the qualifications will be contacted for an interview. This process may take approximately 2-3 weeks.

Contact Us

Can't find what you're looking for? Call the volunteer engagement program at 202-741-5990 or email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov

Mission Statement

The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation's capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city. We are proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.