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 10/17/2017
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 required.
Hampton Branch | 5125 Convict Hill Road
- Wednesdays 1pm-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
- Saturdays 1pm-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Old Quarry Branch | 7051 Village Center Drive
- Tuesdays 4pm-9pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
- Thursdays 4pm-9pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Twin Oaks Branch | 1800 South Fifth Street
- Tuesdays 4pm-9pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
- Fridays 3pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Community Programs: Volunteers develop curriculum and lead participants in various Library programs.
Talk Time Facilitator: Talk Time is a program for English conversation practice 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.
Volunteers facilitate should have the following skills:
- Patience and a willingness to listen
- Comfortable leading small groups in conversation
- Sensitivity to potential differences in cultures
- Mastery of the English language
- Ability to promote communication among groups
- Be 18 years or older
- Commit to attending weekly sessions for the duration of the program (6 months)
Talk Time Facilitator positions are located at the following branches:
- Cepeda Branch | 651 North Pleasant Valley Road. Shifts: Fridays from 1pm-3pm
- Howson Branch | 2500 Exposition Boulevard. Shifts: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday of the month from 10:00am-11:00am
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, 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 carts 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.
- 4 hour shift available on Thursday afternoons (1pm-5pm). 1 volunteer needed
- 4 hour shift available on Saturday afternoons (1pm-5pm). 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!
Youth Services: Volunteers help our Teen and Youth Librarians with Library programs. 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 the program; moving items up to 25lbs, and using program equipment with out without reasonable accommodation. Most positions require a weekly commitment for a minimum of three months.
Connected Youth Assistant: Volunteers will proctor the Connected Youth Center and assist with programs and activities. Volunteers help our teen customers as they learn to work with computers, game equipment, and new technologies. Volunteers should enjoy working directly with youth ages 10-18 years old in an active and energy filled environment. Knowledge of computers and other electronic media is required. Volunteers should be 18 years or older and bilingual (Spanish) is a plus!
- Windsor Park Branch | 5833 Westminster Drive: 3pm-6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays. 2-3 volunteers needed for a weekly 3 hour shift.
Storytime Assistant: Volunteers will help straighten, shelve, and organize the Children's Room between storytimes, as well as help the Youth Services Librarian break down the storytime.
- Howson Branch | 2500 Exposition Boulevard: 10:30am-12:30pm on Thursdays during the Music and Movement program. 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift.
Computer Lab Coach: Volunteers will share their computer skills with youth ages 10-18. Key responsbilities are: supervise computer lab; assist youth customers with computer related-questions and homework; assist library staff in shelving materials when the Computer Lab is not busy. Knowledge of computers and other electronic media is required. Volunteers should be 18 years or older and bilingual (Spanish) is a plus!
- Willie Mae Kirk Branch | 3101 Oak Springs Drive: 12pm-2pm on Saturdays. 2-3 volunteers needed for a biweekly shift.
- Fall 2017. We are on hiatus and will not be accepting youth volunteer applications in Fall 2017.
- Spring 2018. Applications will be available starting November 1, 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.