Volunteer Opportunities at Multnomah County Library


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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Multnomah County Library! 

Here is how to use this website to find volunteer opportunities:

  1. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. We have in-person and virtual volunteer roles available. If you do not see an opportunity listed for the library location or program you are interested in, it is because it is not available.
  2. If you see a volunteer opportunity you are interested in, fill out an application. 

If you don't see anything that interests you right now, we encourage you to check back. We post volunteer opportunities as they are available.

Questions? Contact Volunteer Services by email at libvols@multcolib.org or by phone at 503.988.5731

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Literacy (online/in-person, age 18+)

Adult Literacy volunteers support learners with GED exam tutoring, English language classes, tutoring for adults learning to read, and other needs such as help with college placement tests, studying for vocational tests, etc. Opportunities are available online and in-person. 

See current Adult Literacy volunteer opportunities and apply here.

Event Assistant at Central Library (age 18+)

Are you outgoing, flexible, and interested in supporting community members who may be experiencing houselessness? We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with a Community Connections event at Central Library on Wednesday, July 24 between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Event information: Community members are invited to the event to meet with staff from Cascadia Behavioral Health, Care Oregon, 211Info and Outside In to get connected to clinic appointments, Medicare/Medicaid (OHP), and information about many other resources.

Tasks & Responsibilities
  • Volunteers at the first shift will help with set up and will train the second shift volunteers
  • Volunteers at the second shift will help with take down and clean up
  • Welcome attendees to the library and event
  • Answer directional questions and show people where to go
  • Keep the snack and coffee area tidy
 
Special Skills & Qualifications
  • Age 16 or older.
  • Comfortable around other people, including people experiencing houselessness
  • Willing to connect with attendees in general conversation and help them navigate the space.
  • Able to stand for up to 3 hours, but seating is available if needed.
  • Able to walk up and down stairs and lift light items. There may be times when a volunteer will be asked to lift items up to 20 pounds during set up and take down.
  • Fluency in Spanish is welcome, but not required.
 
Benefits
  • Earn volunteer service hours
  • Connect with library patrons, community members, and library staff
  • Explore the newly reopened Central Library

Mandarin/English Tech Help at Woodstock Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you fluent in Mandarin and English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. 

Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. This is a teaching position; volunteers help the patron find information about using their mobile device or computer and talk them through the steps. The patron will then navigate through the steps themselves.

Currently recruiting: Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206, Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm. We are looking for volunteers who speak fluent Mandarin and English.

Time commitment: One weekly 2-hour shift for a minimum of 6 months. Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Fluent in both Mandarin and English
  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.

Benefits

  • Share your technology experience with the community
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Site orientation at library location before volunteer shift begins

Tech Help at Central Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. Volunteers who are also fluent in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian are encouraged to apply. 

Currently recruiting: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in April. 

Available shifts: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays during open hours

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Gresham Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you fluent in Spanish, Russian, or English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030 

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in June. 

Available shifts: 

  • Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Russian or English fluency
  • Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Spanish or English fluency

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Kenton Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you fluent in Spanish and/or English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave, Portland 97217

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in July. 

Available shifts: 

  • Fridays 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Spanish and/or English fluency

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish is welcomed

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Rockwood Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you also fluent in Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese in addition to English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233  

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months

Available shifts: Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:50 pm

 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Technology Trainer (in-person at multiple locations, age 18+)

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge about computer technology with people who are challenged by it? Do you like teaching adults how to do something new?  

The Basics

Share your knowledge with adult library patrons who need introductory help with computer and software basics. Empower them by improving their computer skills and access to information! Technology Trainers will conduct basic level classes on one or more of the following topics: Computer basics, email, Internet, word processing, spreadsheets and online apps like Google Drive, etc. Classes are conducted for small groups in a lab setting in various library locations. Trainers will follow a prepared curriculum for each class.  

Not an expert? You don’t need to be. All of the above classes review basic skills.  Trainers typically get comfortable teaching 2 - 3 of the above classes based on the prepared curriculum.  

Time Commitment: Lead a minimum of two classes per month for six months. The total time commitment is 4-6 hours per month.

Locations: Various libraries and times

Tasks & Responsibilities

 

  • Help people access Library computer resources.
  • Demonstrate and guide adult library patrons through a set of exercises using various computer devices, the Internet and a variety of software relevant to the topic of the class.
  • Provide one-on-one help as needed. 

 

Skills and Qualifications

 

  • Be familiar and comfortable with computers.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer components, the internet and email use.
  • Intermediate knowledge of software being taught.
  • Experience teaching adult learners a plus.
  • Be attentive and friendly to the public.
  • Experience working with people that have diverse educational, economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good communication and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to be patient and flexible with novice computer users.
  • Be curious and open to learning new technologies.

Training & Other Requirements:

  • Half-day training to become familiar with curriculum and Multnomah County Library volunteer responsibilities.
  • 2-4 hours of shadowing existing Technology Trainer or library staff member
  • Site orientation and training at location before volunteer shift begins.

Online Teen Council (age 12-18)

Join Online Teen Council (6th - 12th grade)

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

  • A safe place for everyone to be themselves, whoever that may be.
  • A virtual space to hang out with new friends, share ideas, and find things in common.
  • A place to advocate for a cause.
  • A way to support the library while earning volunteer hours.

 

 

 

Teen Council at Gresham Library (age 12-18)

Middle and high school students meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Teen councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for teens. This is an opportunity to help the library organize and facilitate teen meetings, plan teen activities, develop library displays and help with library events. Meeting other Teen Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library.
  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects
  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

Location: Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030 

Time Commitment: 2 times per month for one hour each

Age Requirement: 12-18 years old

Meeting Dates & Times: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in teen council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings
  • Identify ways that adults can help

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other teens
  • Dependability

Training & Other Requirements

  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school and scholarships
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects.  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause.  
  • A safe place to be yourself.

Tween Council at Capitol Hill Library (age 9-12)

Students ages 9-12 meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet once monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library
  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 
  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  
  • A safe place to be yourself!

Time commitment: 1 meeting per month, 60 minutes in length

Age requirement: 9-12 years old

Meeting dates/times: 4th Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

Tasks & responsibilities:

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

Skills & qualifications:

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

Training & other requirements:

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits:

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

Tween Council at Kenton Library (in-person, age 9-12)

Students grades 3rd-6th meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

 

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  

  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks

  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  

  • A way to be a part of your library

  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 

  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  

  • A safe place to be yourself!

 

Location: Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver, Portland, OR 97217

 

Time Commitment:  2 meetings per month, 90 minutes each

 

Age Requirement: 9 - 12 years old

 

Meeting Dates & Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM

   

Tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

 

Training & Other Requirements

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

 

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself.

Teen Council at Rockwood Library (age 12-18)

Middle and high school students meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Teen councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for teens. This is an opportunity to help the library organize and facilitate teen meetings, plan teen activities, develop library displays and help with library events. Meeting other Teen Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library and make a difference in it
  • A safe place to be yourself

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Time Commitment: One 1.5 hour meeting per month

Age Requirement: 12-18 years old

Meeting Dates & Times: 4th Thursday of each month, 4:15-5:45pm, except August

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in teen council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings
  • Identify ways that adults can help

Skills & Qualifications

  • Willingness to work with other teens
  • Dependability

Other Requirements

  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school and scholarships
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause
  • A safe place to be yourself

 

Tween Council at Woodstock Library (4th-6th grade)

Students grades 4th-6th meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  

  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks

  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  

  • A way to be a part of your library

  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 

  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  

  • A safe place to be yourself!

Location: Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Time Commitment: 2 meetings per month, 1 hour each

Age Requirement: 4th-6th grade

Meeting Dates & Time: 2nd and 4th Fridays, 4:00-5:00 PM

Tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

Training & Other Requirements

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

 Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

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