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 3/24/2017

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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings between 5-9pm and on Saturdays between 10am-6pm. 1 volunteer needed each day.
  • Twin Oaks Branch. 2 hour shift available on Thursdays either 2p-4p or 3p-5p.  1 volunteer needed.

Talk Time: Talk Time is not an ESL class but rather a place to fine tune conversational English skills in a relaxed environment. Volunteers lead participants in this English conversational program.  Volunteers develop conversational skills by modeling and encouraging participants to practice their English language skills.  Volunteers should be comfortable leading groups, have a mastery of the English language, and be comfortable working with diverse population. The position requires volunteers to communicate with participants and to lift up to 25lbs with or without reasonable accommodation. Minimum 6 month weekly commitment required.

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. 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 Sundays from 12-4pm.  This person will be processing books and working the front desk.  1 volunteer needed. **in interviews**

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. The Austin History Center is not open to the public on Mondays.

Current needs:

  • Austin History Center.  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 craft activities, creating book displays, helping keep the youth area tidy, and setting up/taking down at programs.  This position does not include reading to children. Work is best suited for detail oriented individuals who enjoy crafts and 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 craft 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.  Applications will be accepted March 1-March 31 at 5pm.  Please click here for information on our Summer program.
  • Fall 2017.  Applications will be released July 1 and accepted July 1-31 at 5pm.

VICTORY Tutor: Volunteers provide 1:1 tutoring to students in grades 1-12 in a variety of academic subjects. The student/tutor pairs meet to work on homework assignments and skills for which the student needs extra reinforcement and practice. Tutoring sessions are held in the late afternoon or early evening on Monday through Thursday. Check out their website for full details.  This is NOT an APL volunteer opportunity, however, many VICTORY locations are located in our branches. 

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.