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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 5/6/2019

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 time slot or arranged as needed. The docent program is currently full.

Central Children's Floor

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:

No opportunities at this time.

Teen Area Hero

The Central Library is looking for a few good Teen Area Heros! The Teen area at the Central Library is a safe haven for teens to get together, collaborate, study and geek out over their passions. In order to make the space welcoming to teens, all seating in the room, and all activities, are reserved for those aged 13-18. Due to overwhelming popularity on weekends, we are seeking a few friendly folks who love working with teens to help us make the space welcoming for them by serving as Teen Area Heros.

This position is a good fit for people with strong communication and customer service skills, who have mastered the fine art of letting people down gently. Your primary responsibility will be welcoming people of all ages to Teen Central, and reminding adults and younger kids that seating in the room is reserved just for teens 13-18. Our teens will love you for making Teen Central a safe space reserved just for them.

Current needs:

  • Saturdays 10am-1pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 3 hour shift
  • Saturdays 1pm-4pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 3 hour shift
  • Saturdays 3pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 3 hour shift
  • Sundays 1pm-4pm | 2 volunteers 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:

Milwood Branch | 12500 Amherst Dr

  • Weekdays 12-9pm |10 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Howson Branch | 2500 Exposition Blvd

  • Tuesdays 4pm-9pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Fridays anytime during open hours | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Manchaca Road Branch | 5500 Manchaca Road

  • Tuesdays 9-11am | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Twin Oaks Branch | 1800 S 5th St

  • Mondays 3pm-5pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Tuesdays 1pm-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Tuesdays 4pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Thursdays 1pm-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Thursdays 4pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturdays 12-2pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturdays 3-5pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

 Little Walnut Branch | 835 W Rundburg Ln

  • Anytime during open hours | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Old Quarry Branch | 7051 Village Center Dr

  • Tuesdays 5pm-9pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
  • Saturdays 12-2pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift

Administrative

None at this time

    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 2-4 hours with a minimum 6 month commitment required. Positions marked * are currently in the process of being filled.

    Current needs:

    • Saturdays 12pm-6pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly shift
    • Sundays12pm-6pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly shift
    • Thursdays 12pm-7pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly shift
    • Fridays 12pm-6pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly shift*

    Reuse Program Assistant

    Recycled Reads is taking reuse and repair programming to the different Austin Public Library branches around the city.

    We are looking for volunteer Program Assistants, to set up and break down for programs/events, check-in attendees, and provide general assistance to the presenter during the program. Setting-up and breaking-down will include tasks such as setting up tables, moving chairs, restoring space and supplies, and clean-up after program, along with generally assisting the presenter. Checking-in attendees will involve tasks such as marking a name off of a list and having attendees read and sign a waiver. We will provide you with a bag of check-in materials to keep on-hand to bring with you to the programs.

    The programs are located in various library branches across the city. Reliable transportation is required.

    When no program is scheduled, the shift will be at Recycled Reads to perform administrative tasks or work in other areas of the bookstore. This could include tasks such as maintaining a database for a special project, labeling items, filing, shelving, as well as other tasks as assigned.

    Skills we are seeking include familiarity with data entry, Microsoft Windows, Excel and Word. Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail are necessary for these positions.

    Customer service and working with the public experience is ideal.

    This position requires moving items up to 75 lbs., and the ability to bend, stoop, reach, stretch and work with office equipment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

    Weekly 3 hour shifts with a minimum 6 month commitment required.

    Current needs:

    • Saturdays 10am-1pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly shift
    • Saturdays 12:30pm-3:30pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly shift

     

    Community Programs

    Volunteers develop curriculum and lead participants in various Library programs.

    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:

    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

    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 videogames when the opportunity arises. 

    St John Branch Library | 7500 Blessing Ave

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

    Asian American Collections Volunteer

    Would you like to work with unique one of a kind historical items?

     Do you have an interest in learning more about local Asian American & Pacific Islander history?

    Collections Volunteers provide an important service in the work they do with the AHC’s various archival collections.

    Overview: 

    Asian American collections volunteers will work with the Asian American Community Archivist on specific parts of these AAPI collections to file and rehouse the material. Volunteers can expect to work with original documents such as periodicals, vertical files, photographs, audiovisual material, architectural files, archives and manuscripts, and maps.

    Primary Duties:

    · Data entry for updates to databases and various tools used to track records

    • Research and writing on local AAPI community members and organizations
    • Filing and rehousing of material
    • Preservation duties for assigned records

    Qualifications:

    • Experience with archival resources
    • Proficiency with computers/ technology
    • Preferred experience with Microsoft Access

    · Preferred interest and knowledge in Asian American studies and/or history

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to use various computer and office equipment.
    • Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 40 lbs.

    Training: Volunteers will complete introductory training with History Center staff. Training is expected to take first full volunteer session.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If reasonable accommodations are needed to fully participate in the program, then an accommodation request form and meeting may be needed prior to the program start. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All requests for reasonable accommodation are carefully considered and decisions are made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

    Time Commitment :2 – 10 hours (6 months minimum preferred).

    · Anytime during open hours Tuesday – Saturdays 10 AM – 6 PM / Sunday 12 – 6 PM at the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe St, 78701)

    Cataloger

    · Do you want to maintain cataloging skills acquired at the UT School of Information?

    · Do you want to gain firsthand experience doing copy and original cataloging?

    Volunteer Catalogers are an important part of how the AHC manages accessibility to our collections, by creating catalog entries for our newly processed material.

    Overview: 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.

    As part of these collections the History Center maintains a general collection of more than 22,000 items, including books, local government documents, and unpublished reports documenting the history and current activities of Austin and Travis County. The items in the general collection are maintained as part of the Austin Public Library Catalog.

    Volunteer will create copy and original catalog entries based on current standards. They will maintain the catalog and exercise authority control over entries for the History Center.

    Primary Duties:

    · Perform original and copy cataloging of all formats of History Center materials.

    · Apply library standards for cataloging, including AACR2, Library of Congress subject headings, Dewey Decimal system, etc…

    • Provide inventory support

    Qualifications:

    · Experience in original and copy cataloging and classification of library materials using Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classifications, LC subject headings, MARC records, and AACR2.

    • Experience with computerized cataloging programs.
    • Be a minimum of 18 years old.

    · Completion of an APL volunteer application and orientation prior to start.

    · Completion of a successful criminal background investigation prior to start.

    • Complete required training (see below for details) prior to start.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to use various computer and office equipment.

    Training: Volunteers will complete introductory training with History Center staff. Training is expected to take first full volunteer session.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If reasonable accommodations are needed to fully participate in the program, then an accommodation request form and meeting may be needed prior to the program start. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All requests for reasonable accommodation are carefully considered and decisions are made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

    Time Commitment :2 – 10 hours (6 months minimum preferred).

    Anytime during open hours Tuesday – Saturdays 10 AM – 6 PM / Sunday 12 – 6 PM at the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe St, 78701)

    Austin American Statesman Photo Morgue Collections Volunteer

    • Would you like to work with unique one of a kind historical items?
    • Do you have an interest in learning more about local history?

    Collections Volunteers provide an important service in the work they do with the AHC’s various archival collections.

    Overview: 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.

    Collections volunteers will work with specific parts of these collections to file and rehouse the material. Volunteers can expect to work with original documents such as periodicals, vertical files, photographs, audiovisual material, architectural files, archives and manuscripts, and maps.

    Primary Duties:

    · Data entry for updates to databases and various tools used to track records

    • Filing and rehousing of material
    • Preservation duties for assigned records

    Qualifications:

    • Experience with archival resources
    • Proficiency with computers/ technology
    • Preferred experience with Microsoft Access

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to use various computer and office equipment.
    • Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 40 lbs.

    Training: Volunteers will complete introductory training with History Center staff. Training is expected to take first full volunteer session.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If reasonable accommodations are needed to fully participate in the program, then an accommodation request form and meeting may be needed prior to the program start. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All requests for reasonable accommodation are carefully considered and decisions are made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

    Time Commitment :2 – 10 hours (6 months minimum preferred).

    · Anytime during open hours Tuesday – Saturdays 10 AM – 6 PM / Sunday 12 – 6 PM at the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe St, 78701)

    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.