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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Services strives to match your skills and interests with Library needs. We also strive to have a diverse volunteer program that reflects our community. Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications (with or without reasonable accommodation) for each position regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or HIV status.

We accept adult volunteer applications for currently available volunteer opportunities only.

Find out how to apply for a volunteer opportunity HERE.

Opportunities as of 1/10/2019

Usher Program

Do you want to run fun events for the public? Do you love the Library and want to help the public participate in programs? The library is looking to grow a team of volunteers to facilitate public programs. Special event volunteers provide ongoing assistance to APL with one-time events. Duties may include taking tickets, providing directional assistance, and helping customers participate in events. Volunteers are not required to meet a monthly time commitment, but will assist with special events on an as needed basis. Volunteers will help with public events such as the Adult Summer Reading Program, Million Mile Month, and other one-time programs. Event locations vary, shifts are between two and four hours. Interested in helping, but can't make any of the listed dates? Send in an application to be added to the team for future events. 

New Central Library Docent Program

Do you love the New Central Library and want to show it off to the public? Do you enjoy working with people and providing information? Help us showcase our beautiful, new library. We are looking to build a team of volunteers to greet and provide tours to the public. Help us provide access to information in our world class facility. Interested volunteers will provide tours to the public upon request, as well as leading private planned tours. Volunteer opportunities are flexible, opportunities are available for a weekly timeslot or arranged as needed. Volunteers will receive special training for this role. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Children's Room 

Greeter

Want to make a difference in the busiest section of the new Central library? Do you like kids and can help them find great books to read? Join our Children's Greeter Team! The Children's Greeter Team welcomes the hundreds of families that come in on weekends to the Children's Room, helps customers find books, answers basic library questions, and helps keep the Children's Room tidy. This is also a great job for buddies so grab a friend and join us!

Current needs:

  • Saturdays 2-4pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturdays 4-6pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Sundays 12-2pm | | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Sundays 2-4pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Sundays 4-6pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Reader's Advisory Volunteer

Are you wanting to build up some practical experience for your library degree? Or are you a retired librarian and miss reader’s advisory? Join our Children’s Reader’s Advisory Team and help customers find books, and answer a variety of reference questions. There is never a dull moment in this fast-paced and fun environment.

Current needs:

  • Saturdays 2-5pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 3 hour shift
  • Sundays 2-5pm | | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 3 hour shift

 

Circulation

 Volunteers arrange Library materials onto sorting carts in alphabetic and numeric order before shelving the materials in the stacks. Volunteers may also dust shelves, shelf read and help keep Library areas tidy. This position requires volunteers to push carts up to 75 pounds and to bend, stoop and stretch with or without reasonable accommodations. The position is best suited for those who love to organize and like to work independently. Shifts are 2 hours. Minimum 3 month commitment required.Positions marked * are currently in the process of being filled.

Current needs:

Yarborough Branch | 2200 Hancock Dr

  • Sunday 2-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Sunday 4-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Monday 6pm-8pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Thursday 6pm-8pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

North Village Branch | 2505 Steck Ave

  • Monday 10am-12pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Tuesday 4pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Old Quarry Branch | 7051 Village Center Dr

  • Thursday 6-8pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturday 2-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Weekdays anytime during open hours | 3 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Spicewood Springs Branch | 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd

  • Fridays 9-11am | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturdays 12-2pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Milwood Branch | 12500 Amherst Dr

  • Monday 10am-12pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Tuesday 1-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Twin Oaks Branch | 1800 S 5th St

  • Monday 6pm-9pm |1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Manchaca Road Branch | 5500 Manchaca Rd

  • Tuesdays 9-11am | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Wednesdays during open hours | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Thursdays during open hours | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Administrative

The Central Library is looking for a volunteer to assist with administrative duties and other projects that assist with the library’s staff offices and meeting space. Volunteers must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) 2010 or later. This position requires volunteers to lift materials/boxes up to 25lbs and work with office equipment with or without reasonable accommodations. The position is best suited for those who are customer service oriented and interested in learning how libraries work behind the scenes. Shifts are 4 hours. Minimum 3 month commitment required.

Current needs:

  • Weekdays 10am-2pm | 5 volunteers needed for a weekly 4 hour shift

Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Road

Volunteers assist staff in sorting books and materials for recycling, repurposing, or re-sale. Duties involve unloading boxes, checking for damage, and sorting books by subject and value. This position requires volunteers to push carts up to 75 lbs. and to bend, stoop, and stretch and to work with office equipment with or without reasonable accommodations. Work is best suited for detail-oriented individuals. Previous experience working in retail and warehouse/stocking skills is helpful. Shifts are 2 hours with a minimum 6 month commitment required. Positions marked * are currently in the process of being filled.

Current needs:

  • Sundays 12-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Wendesdays 12-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Fridays 12-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Community Programs

Volunteers develop curriculum and lead participants in various Library programs.

    Book Club

    The Ruiz Branch is looking for a volunteer to start and host a book club at their branch of the library. Theme and content are designed by the volunteer.

    Ruiz Branch Library | 1600 Grove Blvd

    Current needs:

    • 1 volunteer needed for a monthly 2 hour shift, dates and times negotiable

    Sew Easy

    Sew Easy is a sewing class focusing on quilting that will meet on the first Tuesday of the month starting February 5th. The Manchaca branch is looking for a volunteer to help set up and take down the program, as well as assist the participants with their projects. An ideal candidate would have knowledge of sewing, especially in the area of quilt making.

    Manchaca Road Branch Library | 5500 Manchaca Road

    • 1st Tuesday of the month 5:30-8:30pm | 1 volunteer needed for a monthly 3 hour shift

    Talk Time

    Talk Time is a program for English conversation practive with other English language learners and English speaking volunteers. Talk Time is not a formal English class, but rather a place for participants to fine-tune their English in a relaxed environment. Volunteers facilitate conversation to help and encourage participants to speak English in a safe and non-threatening environment.

    Old Quarry Branch Library | 7051 Village Center Dr

    • Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift*

    Spicewood Springs Branch Library | 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd

    • Saturdays 10-12pm | 1 volunteer needed for a monthly 2 hour shift

    Practiquemos Español

    The Milwood branch is looking for 2 fluent Spanish speakers to help lead a language practice program. Practiquemos Español is not a language class, rather it is a place for participants to fine-tune their Spanish speaking skills in a relaxed environment. 

    Current needs:

    Milwood Branch Library | 12500 Amherst Dr

    • Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm | 2 volunteers needed for a monthly 2 hour shift

    Twin Oaks Branch | 1800 S 5th St

    • The last Tuesday of the month 6:30pm-8:30pm |1 volunteer needed for a monthly 2 hour shift

    Youth Program Assistant

    We are looking for a Youth Program Assistant at the Milwood branch! This volunteer will help our Youth Librarian during various youth programs for children ages 3 and up. The programs offer all sorts of fun activities to help kids develop reading skills, listening skills, and social skills. Some programs expose kids to STEM learning and different cultures.  Volunteers will help the Youth Services Librarian prepare the room, assist during the program, and help clean up following the program. This position requires volunteers to move items up to 25lbs, be friendly and energetic, and the bend, stoop, and stretch with or without reasonable accommodations. Volunteers should enjoy working and interacting with children and families.

    Current needs:

    Milwood Branch Library | 12500 Amherst Dr

    • Tuesdays 3-5pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

    The St. John Branch is looking for a Youth Program Assistant to help with school age kids and tweens who like to hang out, play computer and card games, and craft.  An ideal candidate would feel confident with technology and could provide minor computer assistance to kids playing Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft and would enjoy playing computer or videograms when the opportunity arises. 

    St John Branch Library | 7500 Blessing Ave

    • Weekdays 3-5pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

    Music and Movement Storytime Assistant

    The Carver Branch is looking for assistance with a weekly Music and Movement Storytime. Volunteers help set up, pass out props and dance along with the program. Volunteers should be comfortable doing basic dance movements and enjoy working with small children.

    Carver Branch Library | 1161 Angelina St

    • Thursdays 10-11am | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 1 hour shift

    Ukulele Club Assistant

    The Manchaca Branch hosts a Ukulele Club every fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:30- 7pm. Staff are looking for the following volunteers to help with the program.

    Manchaca Road Branch Library | 5500 Manchaca Road

    • 1 volunteer needed for a monthly 1-2 hour shift to help set up or take down, and assist with the slide presentation. Music knowledge is not required.
    • 2 Volunteers who play ukulele at an intermediate to advance level for a 1-2 hours shift to help lead the program or help participants with any questions they might have.

    Virtual Reality Technology Assistant

    Volunteers are needed to guide the public through using VR technology in the Central Library Tech Petting Zoo. This position is customer service oriented and requires comfort with emerging technology. Training will be provided, hours are flexible.

    Current needs:

    Central Library | 710 W Cesar Chavez St

    • 3 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

    Austin History Center

    The Austin History Center is the local history division of the Austin Public Library. The History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. We collect and preserve information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions, and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to our history.

    Current needs:

    None at this time.

    Social Media Ambassador

    Support the Library by becoming a Social Media Ambassador. Help raise the awareness of APL on social media while raising our awareness of you--our best supporter! Sign up HERE. No minimum commitment or volunteer application required!

    Don't see a volunteer position for you? Contact Volunteer Services and tell us what you want to do. We will see if this potential volunteer position supports the Austin Public Library commitment to our community.

    Support the Library by volunteering for the Austin History Center Association! They are looking for Oral History, Administrative, and Community Program volunteers. This is NOT an Austin Public Library volunteer opportunity. Check out their website for full details and to complete AHCA's volunteer application process.

    Support literacy by volunteering for the VICTORY tutoring program! They are looking for volunteers to provide 1:1 tutoring in grades 1-12 in a variety of academic subjects. This is NOT an Austin Public Library volunteer opportunity, however, many VICTORY locations are located in APL branches. Check out their website for full details and to complete VICTORY's volunteer application process.