Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome and value the many contributions our Lancaster Public Library volunteers make each year. In 2015, our downtown library volunteers contributed more than 6,400 hours of time and talent!

Our volunteer opportunities range from teaching computer or ESL classes; assisting with children, adult, and teen programs and events; to shelving books, CDs and DVDs, and more.

Whether you have a few hours a week or month, or if you’d like a more flexible commitment throughout the year, we welcome your help. Please read the Letter to Prospective Volunteers to learn about the application process, and for information about required volunteer certifications mandated by state law and our policies, please see our Volunteer Certification Procedure.

Once you’ve completed the mandated certifications, please fill out our volunteer application.

If you have questions, please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Leigh Kaliss, at 717-394-2651, ext. 101, or lkaliss@lancaster.lib.pa.us.

Summer Program Assistants

Animal Olympics, story times, bug catching and keeping, drumming, dance parties, crafts and more — you could even be the Hungry Caterpillar! We’re looking for volunteer program assistants June through August.

Choose at least three programs (1 ½ – 2 hours each) that best fit your interests and schedule.

Legos Enthusiast

Families travel from station to station during “Legos and More” to create their own masterworks from a variety of building materials including Legos, Duplos, and Lincoln Logs.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, Lego-loving volunteer who enjoys helping and interacting with people of all ages. This program is held the fourth Tuesday of the month, 6pm (set up)–7:30pm (clean up).

Library Work-Out and Stretching Time

Get plenty of exercise stretching, bending, and lifting while you shelve books, CDs and DVDs throughout the library from 8am–10 am.

Enjoy the quiet atmosphere and get a real workout!

Book “Tidyer”

If you enjoy creating order, tidying up spaces, and making sure everything is in its place, we need your neat-freak talents to help us have a beautifully-organized library.

Our “tidyers” straighten fallen books, put misplaced books where they belong, dust as needed, and keep track of areas that have been previously organized. Set your own weekly schedule.

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Join our experienced volunteer tutors who teach vital computer skills to adults. Tutors work in pairs with up to 10 students per class for four-week sessions on Windows 7, Office 10, Intro to Computers, Word-Levels 1 and 2, Excel-Level I, and Intro to Google.

We currently hold only evening classes, but would welcome tutors with daytime availability!

English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy Classes

To better serve our diverse community of learners from all over the world, we are looking for volunteers with previous ESL training to help with our beginner and advanced group literacy classes, Saturdays, 11am to 12:30pm.

Help our team of experienced instructors develop the conversational skills of our adult students from Cuba, Nepal, Bhutan, Congo, India, and Bosnia, just to name a few.



For volunteer opportunities at Lancaster Public Library branches in Leola and Mountville, please contact Lissa Holland at lholland@lancaster.lib.pa.us, or call 656-7920 (Leola), 285-3231 (Mountville).