DC Public Library

Lend Us Your 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:

  • American Sign Language Instructor
  • English Language Learner Instructor Volunteer
  • MLK Library Docent Volunteer (Tour Guide)
  • MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteer
  • Special Events Volunteer
  • Volunteer Computer Instructor

All applicants ages 18 and up must successfully complete a background check and submit COVID-19 Vaccination documentation. 

Attend an upcoming Virtual Info Session for MLK Docent Volunteers and MLK Welcome Ambassador Volunteers:

To register for a virtual info session, please email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov or call Stacey Lucas at (202) 741-5990.

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.

  • Teen Blog Contributor (virtual opportunity)
  • Teen Special Events Volunteer

Group Service Projects

Group Service Volunteer

Group Service Volunteers 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 applicants. 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

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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.