Volunteer Opportunities

Lancaster City Location

We welcome and value the many contributions our volunteers make each year with volunteers donating almost 6,000 hours in 2014.

We have multiple volunteer opportunities available and welcome individuals 16 and older. Opportunities include but are not limited to teaching computer or ESL classes, assisting with programming for children, adults and teens, designing window displays, shelving books and DVDS, or presenting programs for the public, etc.

Whether you have a few hours a week, twice a month, or would  like a more flexible commitment throughout the year, we welcome your interest and encourage you to complete the application on this site.

To learn more about specifics, please contact Anna Thomas, Volunteer Manager, at athomas@lancaster.lib.pa.us or call 717-394-2651 ext 273. Please consult the Letter to Prospective Volunteers to learn more about the application process. For information about volunteer requirements for certifications as mandated by the laws of Pennsylvania and Lancaster Public Library policy, please see our Volunteer Certification Procedure.

Volunteer Opportunities with Children and Teens

Interested in Science: Assist with our Nano Exhibit in September

The Nano Exhibit is a hands-on exhibit that engages family audiences in Nano science and engineering, introduces some real world applications, and explores societal implications for the new technology. Participants explore smaller and smaller magnetic materials, build a giant carbon nanotube, explore static v. gravity, etc.
Volunteers with a background in chemistry and/or materials science will act as teaching staff and help the community expand their knowledge of Nano science in this fun experience for all ages. Strong public speaking skills and enthusiasm for all things Nano is a plus. If you have a few hours to spare each week or would like to take a more major role in the coordinating the exhibit , we welcome your involvement.
2 hours shifts are available Monday thru Saturday morning, afternoon and evenings. Sign up for one or for multiple shifts throughout the month in the September 2015.

Video Gaming Monitor: Wii and X-box enthusiasts

If you enjoy games of all kinds and have familiarity with using X-Box 360 and a Wii, consider volunteering with teens at the Lancaster Public library from 3:30-5:30pm Tuesdays. The time includes set up and clean up and talking with participants and parents. Various Board Games are also available. Volunteers should be 22 years or older. Volunteers should be able to both socialize and take a leadership role and be able to communicate with participants effectively. Must be 22 years or older and have experience working with teens.


Teaching Adults

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Join a team of experienced individuals who offer vital computer instruction to the community throughout the year. Volunteers work in teams of two, teach up to ten people per time for four week sessions offering a wide variety of classes using Windows 7 and Office 10 including Introduction to Computers, Word-Levels 1 and 2, Excel -Levels I and Smartphones. Currently, classes are offered in the evenings based on the tutors’ schedule and library hours but we may add daytime classes based on volunteer availability.

ESL : Literacy Classes

Lancaster Public Library serves a diverse community of learners from all over the world. It offers Literacy classes throughout the year on Saturdays starting at 11am all year and Tuesday afternoons starting at 1pm for 1.5 hours from September to May. We have both beginner and advanced groups. Volunteers with previous ESL training are asked to join a team of experienced instructors. We welcome individuals to help us respond to the growing need in the community to assist learners in improving their conversational skills at all levels. Our students represent a broad cross-section of the community and come from Cuba, Nepal, Bhutan, Congo, India, Bosnia, etc.

First Friday

Help create “First Friday for Families” at the Lancaster Public Library from 5:30-8pm. Each First Friday, the library opens a new exhibit, provides creative programming and a social time for families to gather, lends books and DVDs, and opens our Juliana Bookstore. We are looking for creative talents to work on programming for families connecting the exhibit themes to art activities, music, and foods. We are also looking for people to assist the Gallery Consultant in installing the exhibits and to recommend programs to expand our stated purpose of expanding First Friday as a family-friendly experience.

Volunteering at the Leola and Mountville Branches

For volunteer opportunities at the Leola or Mountville Branch, please contact Lissa Holland at lholland@lancaster.lib.pa.us  or call 656-7920 (Leola) or 285-3231 (Mountville).


  • Shelving books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Program assistants for Adult or Children’s programming
  • Special Events planning
  • Creating Window displays