Volunteer Services

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 4/21/2017

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 (24 hours) required.

Current needs:

  • Hampton at Oak Hill Branch. 2 hour shift available on Monday evening (between 5-9p), Tuesday evening (between 5-9p), Wednesday afternoons (between 1-6p), and Thursday afternoons (between 1-6p).  1 volunteer needed each day.
  • Old Quarry Branch.  2 hour shift available on Tuesday evening between 5-9p.  1 volunteer needed.

Community Programs:  Volunteers develop curriculum and lead participants in various Library programs.

Current needs:

  • Old Quarry Branch.  is needing a Talk Time facilitator on Thursdays from 10:30a-12p.  1 volunteer needed.  Minimum 6 month commitment required.  Schedule is weekly (preferred) or every other week.
    • Talk Time is not an ESL class but a place to fine tune conversational English skills in a relaxed environment.  Volunteers develop conversational skills by modeling and encouraging participants to practice their English language skills.
  • Little Walnut Creek Branch is needing a tween/teen art instructor.  1 volunteer needed.  Minimum 6 month commitment (once per month) required.
    • This volunteer will be responsible for developing curriculum and leading youth (ages 10-18) in basic drawing and painting techniques.  This one hour program will be scheduled once per month during any of the afterschool hours (3-6pm).  Day of the week is flexible based on volunteer's schedule.
  • Little Walnut Creek Branch is needing a tween/teen chess club facilitator.  1 volunteer needed. Minimum 6 month commitment (once per month) required.
    • This volunteer will be responsible for assisting youth (ages 10-18)  in learning how to play chess and answer questions for those who already know some basics. This program will be scheduled once per month during any of the afterschool hours (3-6pm).  Day of the week is flexible based on volunteer's schedule.
  • Manchaca Branch is needing a tween/teen ukulele leader.  1 volunteer needed. Minimum 6 month commitment (once per month) required.
    • This volunteer will be responsible for developing curriculum and leading youth (ages 10-18) in basic ukulele songs and activities.  This program will be scheduled once per month during any of the afterschool hours (4-6p).  Day of the week is flexible based on volunteer's schedule.

Media and Communications: Volunteers assist on projects in development and duties may include copywriting, newsletters, social media, PA for weekly radio program, and audio/video pre-production, production, and post-production.  (Time will be split 50/50 between written communications and radio production).  Experience with ADOBE Creative Suite and a love of radio and media a must.  Volunteers must have strong written and verbal communication skills, video/audio production experience, and be social media savvy.    Volunteer should be self-directed, problem solve in high pressure situations, and be able to lift 50lbs (with or without reasonable accommodations). Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) preferred.  Minimum 6 month weekly commitment required.

Current needs:

  • Office of Programs and Partnerships.  This position is ased at the Faulk Central Library and volunteers need the ability to transport to various city wide locations.  Schedule is flexible (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) with Wednesday evenings (6-8) needed for radio show. 1 volunteer needed for a minimum of 6 hours per week (10-15 hours preferred). 

Recycled Reads: Volunteers assist staff in sorting books and materials for recycling, repurposing, or re-sale.  Duties involve unloading boxes, checking for damage, sorting books by subject and value and shelving books and materials. This position requires volunteers to push cart up to 75 pounds and to bend, stoop and stretch.  Work is best suited for detail-oriented individuals.  Previous experience working working in retail and warehouse/stocking skills helpful.  Shifts are 4 hours.  Minimum 6 month commitment required.

Current needs:

  • Recycled Reads.  4 hour shift available on Fridays from 12-4pm.  This volunteer would be sorting and shelving materials (80%) and working the front cash register (20%).  1 volunteer needed.

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!

Special Collections/Archives: Volunteers organize, describe, preserve and promote local history materials. Duties involve archival arrangement and description, research, cataloging, filing, preservation work ranging from photocopying to more advanced treatments, data entry and use of audio/video programs and equipment. Work is best suited for detail-oriented individuals. Most positions require previous archives experience or coursework. Shifts vary in length and are once per week.  Minimum 3 month commitment (24 hours) required unless otherwise noted. The Austin History Center is not open to the public on Mondays.

Current needs: No Opportunities at this time.

Special Events (One Time Opportunities): Contact Volunteer Services for full details and to pre-register for an event. Applications are not required for these events. We do not work with community service hours for these events.  Please let us know if you are under 18 years of age and wish to volunteer for a special event.

Current needs:

  • CORPORATE GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY at Recycled Reads. Available on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm for groups 5-20 people.

Youth Services:  Volunteers help our Teen and Youth Librarians with Library programs.  Volunteers could be helping with program preparation (lots of craft cut outs!), taking tickets at the door, assisting youth in activities, creating book displays, shelving youth materials and helping keep the youth area tidy, and setting up/taking down at programs or even leading a program!  This position does not include reading to children. Work is best suited for detail oriented individuals who enjoy working with kids of all ages.  This position will include standing and bending for the duration of program; moving items up to 25ibs, and using program equipment with our without reasonable accommodation. Most positions require a weekly commitment for a minimum of three months.  

Current needs:  No opportunities at this time. (see Community Programs for Youth Program Instructor needs)

Youth Volunteer Program: Our youth volunteer program is designed for youth ages 13-17.  We have three program seasons-Fall, Spring and Summer-with applications only accepted three times per year.

Current needs:

  • Spring 2017.  Deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Summer 2017.  Deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Fall 2017.  Applications will be released July 1 and accepted July 1-31 at 5pm.

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.