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, April 17 between 9:30 am and 3:00 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 18 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

Read to the Dogs at St. Johns Library (age 18+)

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer at the library with your certified therapy dog? Read to the Dogs is a popular program that gives kids the opportunity to make a new friend and improve their reading. We are looking for enthusiastic dog/person teams to help young readers build their confidence by practicing their reading skills. All teams must be certified prior to applying. If you’re not yet certified, check out Pet Partners, Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams, or Alliance for Therapy Dogs for more information.

Time Commitment: Minimum two, 1-hour - 2 hour shifts per month for six months 

Current Openings

St. Johns Library, Thursdays 1-2 hours, any time between 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Duties

  • Accompany certified therapy dog at all times

  • Facilitate positive reading experiences with young struggling readers

  • Provide a good interaction between your therapy dog and individual children and parents

  • Teach children about how to positively interact with animals

  • Maintain therapy animal certification through the duration of volunteer position

Qualifications

  • Current Certification by Pet Partners, Portland Canine Therapy Team, or Alliance of Therapy Dogs is required

  • 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.
  • Minimum 18 years or older

  • Patience and flexibility

  • Comfort working with diverse groups of people and diverse learning abilities

  • Comfort working with various ages of young children

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Empathy and a friendly demeanor

  • Ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with volunteers and staff 

Benefits

  • Gain leadership skills

  • Help youth with literacy skills

  • Interact with children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Engage in a meaningful service

  • Contribute to our mission: The leading advocate for reading

Training

  • Onboarding and orientation to volunteering at Multnomah County Library staff at the host location

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, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays 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

Spanish/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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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

Online Teen Council (age 12-18)

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

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm or Thursdays, 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.

Teen Council at Hollywood 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. Note: Teen Council will meet through May 23, 2024 and then take a break for summer. 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: Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR, 97212

Time Commitment: 2 times per month for one hour each. Teen Council will meet through May 23, 2024 and then take a break for summer.

Age Requirement: 12-18 years old

Meeting Dates & Times: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm 

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 Belmont Library (age 9-12)

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 safe place to be yourself!

Location: Belmont Library, 1038 SE César E. Chávez Boulevard 

Time Commitment: 2 meetings per month, 60 minutes each

 

Age requirement: 9-12 years old

 

Meeting dates & times: 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4-5pm

 

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  
  • 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.

Tween Council at Rockwood Library (age 9-12)

Students ages 9-12 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: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

 

Time Commitment:  2 meetings per month, 60 minutes each

 

Age Requirement: 9 - 12 years old

 

Meeting Dates & Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 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 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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