Volunteer Opportunities

Lancaster City Location

We welcome volunteers 16 years of age and above to engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities such as program assistance, teaching, presenting programs, organizing books and DVDs, gardening and assisting with special events. Please read the introductory letter with explanation of our process and fill out the application and return to Anna Thomas at athomas@lancaster.lib.pa.us or call 394-2651 x 273.

KNEX, Strandbeest Enthusiast

We will be offering 3 science/engineering focused programs in the fall. If you are interested in electricity, building models or bridges, this is a great opportunity to work with individuals ages 9 to adult as a program assistant. The programs are in October and November as follows:
Strandbeest assembly program – Saturday, October 4 starting at 2:30pm.
KNEX/engineering (building bridges, towers and catapults) – Wednesday, October 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Zap! Unusual Electricity Circuits – Tuesday, November 18 5:30-7:45pm.

Library Guide

Library Guides welcome and orient visitors and patrons to library services, programs, and information available at the Lancaster Public Library. Help to promote programs, register interested patrons, and direct them to the appropriate library information source or location. We are seeking volunteers who are gregarious, enthusiastic, and customer service oriented and who are good listeners. Volunteers will be oriented and trained by staff to know the many resources available. Knowledge of Spanish, French, sign language or other languages spoken in our diverse community is helpful but not required. Volunteers are asked to volunteer for 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day and evening during library operating hours.

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Computer skills are vital in our current information age and demand is high from library patrons with little or no experience to become more familiar with new skills whether it be to communicate with relatives abroad or to gain skills useful in the job market or individuals of all ages who want to continue developing and reviewing their skills in more advanced classes. Join this group of experienced volunteers who are teaching a wide range of PC classes including Introduction to Computers: Level I and II, Word Level I and II, and Excel: Level I and II. Classes are scheduled according to the availability of volunteers and for  four consecutive weeks throughout the year. Classes are currently offered during the evenings Monday through Thursday.  Classes are limited to 10 students per class. New volunteers work in teams to learn the curricula and get oriented. A curriculum is provided. Requirements:  Individuals with good knowledge of computers, good communications skills, patience, and a desire to teach. Fluency in Spanish or other languages is an asset but not necessary. Individuals should be 16 years of age or older.

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 with suggestions for programming and installing the exhibit.



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