Volunteers Help DC Public Library

While the Library’s reduced budget has changed some of the ways that the it operates, one thing has remained constant.  District residents continue to support the Library as volunteers. 

The Library has always valued volunteers.  They make a real difference to staff and users in tough economic times.  For example, volunteers helped prepare the new Parklands-Turner Library and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library’s new Teen Space for opening.  This weekend, volunteers will help preserve documents in the Library’s special collections.

“Volunteers go a long way in augmenting the work of Library staff,” said Carrie Wolfson, volunteer coordinator at the DC Public Library. “For example, we have groups and individuals that volunteer one day a month helping staff.  We also have individuals who volunteer to teach classes and workshops once a week over a series of months.”  

Projects range from helping librarians maintain the book collection and ushering to assisting library users with basic computer tasks and navigating online job resources.

Those interested in volunteering at the DC Public Library can learn more about opportunities online at www.dclibrary.org or by contacting Carrie Wolfson at 202-741-5803 or by email at libraryvolunteers@dc.gov