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 11/17/2017
Administrative: Volunteers complete administrative duties in various Library divisions. Volunteers must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) 2010 or later. This position requires volunteers to lift materials / boxes up to 25 lbs. and work with office equipment with or without reasonable accomodations. The position is best suited for those who love to organize and like to work independently. Shifts are 2-4 hours. Minimum 3 month commitment.
Central Library | 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
- Office of Programs and Partnerships Assistant. Mondays-Fridays between 10am-4pm. 1 volunteer needed for a 4-6 hours per week. Dates/times flexible!
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
- Saturdays 1pm-3pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Milwood Branch | 12500 Amherst Drive
- Mondays 10am-12pm | 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
- Fridays 9am-2pm | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Yarborough Branch | 2200 Hancock Drive
- Mondays 2pm-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
- Fridays 2pm-4pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
- Saturdays 12pm-2pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
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 materials. Some volunteers also assist customers with check out and donations. 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 accomodations. Work is best suited for detail-oriented individuals. Previous experience working in retail and warehouse/stocking skills is helpful. Shifts are 4 hours with a minimum 6 month commitment required.
- Saturdays 2pm-6pm | 1 volunteer needed for a weekly 4 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 1:30pm-2:30pm
- Howson Branch | 2500 Exposition Boulevard. Shifts: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday of the month from 10:00am-11:00am
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.
Computer Lab Assistant: 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.
- Spring 2018. Application is available on the "Fall and Spring Youth Volunteer Program" page. Applications will be accepted from November 1st - November 30th.
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.