DC Public Library


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

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.

General Interests

Teen Volunteer

TEEN VOLUNTEER

The DC Public Library maintains a dedicated group of teen volunteers, ages 14-18. Teen volunteers play a crucial role at the DC Public Library. They help create displays and booklists, shelve materials, assist with children's programs, setup activities, photo copy library forms and much more. This is a great opportunity to learn valuable job-related skills, help out within your community, gain work experience, promote literacy, and meet new people.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 14 years of age
  • Strong commitment to customer service
  • Ability to follow instructions and work as part of a team
  • Bilingual applicants are welcome
  • A background check is required if applicant is 18 years or older

MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT

  • Shifts are limited to 2-5 hours per week
  • Reports to on-site Volunteer Point-of-Contact

TRAINING

All prospective teen volunteers will receive training at their work site.

Serve at Your Library Group Volunteer

SERVE AT YOUR LIBRARY GROUP VOLUNTEER

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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to provide clear directions in a helpful, friendly manner
  • Interest in learning overview of library services
  • Ability to read and write
  • Experience with public speaking helpful
  • Bilingual applicants are welcome
  • Minimum age requirement is 14 years of age

MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT

  • Monthly and quarterly opportunities
  • Preferred one-event minimum commitment
  • Reports to on-site Volunteer Point-of-Contact

TRAINING

All prospective volunteers will receive training/orientation at their assigned location.

Special Events Volunteer

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER

Special Events Volunteers will support Library events such as author talks, open houses, youth programs and more. This is a great opportunity for out-going library lovers who have limited time in their schedules.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to provide clear direction in a helpful, friendly manner
  • Interest in learning overview of library services
  • Ability to read and write
  • Experience with public speaking helpful
  • Bilingual applicants are welcome
  • A background check is required for this position for individuals 18 and older

MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT

  • Monthly and quarterly opportunities
  • Preferred one-event minimum commitment
  • Reports to on-site Volunteer Point-of-Contact

TRAINING

All prospective volunteers will receive orientation/training at their assigned location.

MLK Library Docent Volunteer

                    MLK LIBRARY DOCENT VOLUNTEER

Do you have a passion for literature, history and architecture? DC Public Library invites you to join a team of MLK Library Docent Volunteers who will assist members of the public in learning, understanding and enjoying the recently modernized Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, its artwork, history and extensive services and collections.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 18 years and older
  • Must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. Have an interest in working with diverse staff and visitors
  • Successful experience with leading tours and or speaking to groups
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Interest in literature, decorative arts and architecture a plus
  • Experience or education in teaching, history or art can be helpful, although not required
  • Willing to complete a free background check

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Welcome and introduce visitors to DC Public Library
  • Provide standard guided tours for adults, groups and students
  • Introduce and assist with self-guided tours
  • Assist with receiving visitors
  • Represent DC Public Library in a professional and courteous manner to staff and the visiting public

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Docents are expected to be available for one 4-hour shift each week, and a minimum commitment of one year; We are able to work around vacations and school schedules
  • Typical shift: 4 hours per shift (morning - 9am - 1pm; afternoon -  1pm - 5 pm; and evening - 5 pm - 9 pm)
  • Daily tour schedule - TBD
  • Docents are encouraged to volunteer as often as they are able
  • Attend training sessions and meetings as scheduled

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

  • Initial 3-4 hours of training (combination of a virtual session and in-person training - which will include shadowing a tour guide and successfully completing an observed practice tour
  • Learn the materials through training and reading, be able to present tour information clearly, and answer questions in a politically neutral manner
  • Attend scheduled meetings for in-service training and updates to the program
  • All docents will receive a copy of our Docent Handbook as well as summaries for each program and material about DC Public Library history

Benefits of being a Docent Volunteer

  • Opportunity to learn about District of Columbia history, art and architecture
  • Opportunity to meet interesting people
  • Opportunity to share passion and enthusiasm for the library
  • Chance to share and practice public speaking skills
  • Ongoing enrichment programs featuring local and national authors and annual social events.

ATTEND A VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION

  • Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26, 1 p.m.

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

MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteer

                  MLK LIBRARY WELCOME AMBASSADOR

DC Public Library invites you to join a team of MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteers who will provide a welcoming experience for all customers. The primary responsibility will be to provide directional assistance to customers looking for specific services, departments and programs. Will you join us?

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years and older
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Be able to provide clear communication of directions to customers and ability to answer questions
  • Must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. Have an interest in working with diverse staff and visitors
  • Knowledge and interest in literature, library programs and special events
  • Basic computer skills
  • Willing to complete a background check

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Welcome and introduce visitors to DC Public Library
  • Assist with receiving visitors
  • Orient visitors to building flow
  • Represent DC Public Library in a professional and courteous manner to staff and the visiting public

TIME COMMITMENT

  • MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteers are expected to be available for one 4-hour shift or two 2-hour shifts per week, and a minimum commitment of one year. We are able to work around vacations and school schedules
  • Typical shift: 2-4 hours per shift (morning - 9am - 1pm; afternoon - 1 pm - 5 pm; and evening - 5 pm - 9 pm)
  • MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteers are encouraged to volunteer as often as they are able
  • Attend training sessions and meetings as scheduled

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

  • Initial 2-3 hours of training (including shadowing a DCPL staff person on a desk shift)
  • Learn the materials through training and reading, be able to present information clearly, and answer questions in a politically neutral manner
  • Attend scheduled meetings for in-service training and updates to the program

Benefits of being a MLK Library Welcome Ambassador Volunteer

  • Opportunity to learn about literature and District of Columbia history, art and architecture
  • Opportunity to meet interesting people
  • Opportunity to share passion and enthusiasm  for the library
  • Chance to share and practice customer service skills
  • Ongoing enrichment programs featuring local and national authors and annual social events.

ATTEND AN UPCOMING VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION

  • Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26, 1 p.m.

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

 

 

American Sign Language Instructor

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR

The American Sign Language Instructor will teach or serve as substitute teachers for the DC Public Library ASL classes. ASL classes meet once a week daytime and/or evening at the Library Express - Center for Accessibility and any of the other neighborhood libraries in Washington, DC. Location, days, and times of classes are negotiated according to volunteer availability, and needs/interests of the particular library and the community.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to customer service
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and signing ability
  • Fluency in ASL at the Intermediate Level (Equivalent to Level 3 Gallaudet University curriculum or higher)
  • A background check is required for this position for individuals ages 18 and older

MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT

  • Willingness to commit to at least one or two hours per week for a period of 12-16 weeks (substitute teachers just need to be willing to fill in for a class as needed).
  • Reports to on-site Volunteer Point-of-Contact

TRAINING

All prospective volunteers must attend an orientation held at the Library Express - Center for Accessibility.

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