Volunteering at the Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Worcester Public Library. Our volunteers work in many different capacities, lending their behind-the-scenes support to our appreciative staff and serving a vital role in helping us provide excellent service to our community. 

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Note that we accept volunteer applications on a rolling basis. While we may not have open volunteer positions at the time you apply, we retain applications for one year and contact interested volunteers when opportunities arise. 

Teenagers may volunteer for the Teen Advisory Board, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month throughout the school year. Attending TAB meetings can count towards your community service hours, and the TAB members discuss additional volunteer opportunities just for teens. See the calendar of teen events for more information. There is no application or registration required to join the Teen Advisory Board. 

You can find find more information in the volunteer handbook below.

Volunteer Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of tasks do volunteers at the Worcester Public Library perform?
Our volunteers help with a variety of tasks ranging from shelving books and other materials, to administrative work and assisting with programs and special events. The Friends of the Worcester Public Library also host volunteers who help run the Bookstore and sort donations. If you are specifically interested in volunteering for the Friends, give them a call at 508-799-1686.

What are the requirements of volunteering at WPL?
• Must pass CORI/SORI background checks
• Complete volunteer training
• 3-month commitment to a regular weekly schedule

How do I apply?
Complete the volunteer application.

Can I complete my community service requirement at the Library?
That depends in part on your requirements, including the type of work and number of hours you must complete, and the date your community service must be completed. Be sure to note this information on your application.

When can I start?
Before you are placed in an open volunteer position, you will need to:
• Complete CORI/SORI background checks
• Attend a volunteer orientation

How old must you be to volunteer?
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. If you are under 18 years old, a parent/legal guardian must complete the permission slip and upload it along with your application.

If you have additional questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing volunteer@mywpl.org or calling 508.799.1655 ext. 35707.

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