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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 6/21/2017

Administration: Volunteers complete administrative duties in various Library division. 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 love to organize and like to work independently.  Shifts are 4 hours. Minimum 3 month commitment (24 hours) required.

Current needs:  No opportunities at this time.

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:

  • Austin History Center-Manuscript Collections:  Volunteer needed to process the archival manuscript collections.  Experience creating and reading archival finding aids (including EAD) required.  Strong organizational, research, and writing skills required. 1 volunteer needed.
  • Austin History Center-Inventory.  Volunteer needed to inventory/document AHC archival collections housed in the Faulk Central Library.  Ability to lift and carry up to 40lbs and stand for long periods of time.  1 volunteer needed.
  • Austin History Center-Family Collections:  Volunteer needed to process (arrange/organize) the Bartholomew Family Collection and conduct online research related to the collection.  Experience creating and reading finding aids (including EAD) required. 1 volunteer needed.

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:

  • Twin Oaks Branch.  2 hour shift available on Tuesday afternoon (12p-2p or 2p-4p), Thursday afternoon (between 1p-7p) and Friday afternoon (between 12p-6p). 1 volunteer needed on Tuesday / Thursday and Friday needs 2 volunteers.

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

Current needs.  No opportunities at this time.

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. Some volunteers also assist customers with check-out and donations. This position requires volunteers to push cart up to 75 pounds 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 working in retail and warehouse/stocking skills helpful.  Shifts are 4 hours.  Minimum 6 month commitment required.

Current needs:  4 hour shift available on Thursday afternoons (1-5p).  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!

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.

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.  We are on hiatus and will not be accepting youth volunteer applications in Fall 2017.

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.