Volunteer at the Library

Volunteer at the Library

Donate Your Time and Talents!

DC Public Library offers regular and periodic volunteer opportunities for ages 14 and up. Whether you're new in town, a longtime D.C. resident, club, college student or library professional, we look forward to hearing from you!

Find Opportunities

Adults (ages 18 and up)

Library Helper (neighborhood libraries and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library)
Assist with shelving, computer coaching, programs and more at a local library. 2-3 hrs/week for three months or more. Library Helpers are interviewed, admitted and trained on a rolling basis. As a condition of volunteering, a free background check must be cleared prior to starting.

Adaptive Services Volunteer (Martin Luther King only)
Tutor blind, low-vision, deaf and disabled patrons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 2-3 hrs/week for three months or more. Volunteers are admitted and trained on a rolling basis. A free background check is required.

Special Events Volunteer
Help usher at Library events such as author talks, open houses, youth programs and more! This is a great opportunity for outgoing library lovers who have limited time in their schedules.

To apply:

Return the Volunteer Application for Individual Service via email to libraryvolunteers@dc.gov or via mail to Volunteer Coordinator, DC Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room 456, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Group Service Projects

Serve at Your Library as a Group Volunteer
Help out in a group of volunteers with large-scale projects such as shifting books, cleaning shelves, ushering at events, assembling materials and more! This is a great opportunity for organizations that wish to volunteer as a group.

To apply:

Return the Volunteer Application for Group Service via email to libraryvolunteers@dc.gov or via mail to Volunteer Coordinator, DC Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room 456, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Teens & High School Community Service (ages 14 and older)

Teen Library Helper (neighborhood libraries or Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library)
High school community service may be earned at a local library depending on project and supervisor ability. You must be 14 or older, and can complete up to five service hours per week. (We are unable to honor requests for lots of hours at the last minute, so please apply early!)    

To apply:

Before matching you to a project, staff may wish to interview you further about your skills and interests.

Contact Us

Can't find what you're looking for? Call the volunteer program at 202-741-5803 or email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov.

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