Volunteer Opportunities

After School Gaming Monitor-Teen Program

Description: If you enjoy games of all kinds and have familiarity with using X-Box 360 and a Wii, consider volunteering with teens ages 11-18 at the Lancaster Public Library from 4-6pm on Tuesdays. Additional time includes set-up and clean up and talking with participants and parents approximately 45 minutes before and after. Volunteers will be asked to set up and clean up a variety of Board Games as well as the X-Box and Wii. Volunteers should be 25 years or older. They should be able to have fun with the teens as well as enforce the established guidelines for conduct as set up by the library.

Computer Tutors for Adult Learners

Description: 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 classes including Introduction to Computers, Windows, Basic Internet, Word, Excel, and Introduction to e-Bay. Classes are scheduled according to the availability of volunteers and run from three to four consecutive weeks throughout the year. Classes are currently offered during the day, evenings, and Saturdays. 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.

Juliana Bookstore Staff

Do you love books? Have you imagined having your own bookstore? Here’s a chance to volunteer and give some valuable time to an important fundraising outlet for the Lancaster Public Library. The Juliana Bookstore, newly re-located to the first floor of the Library, sells quality used books for all ages at extremely reasonable prices. If you have 2-3 hours free weekly or monthly, please consider becoming a member of our volunteer staff. Hours are flexible and scheduling is done monthly. The bookstore hours are 10-8:30 every day Monday through Thursday and 10-5 on Saturdays.

First Friday for Families-Art and Literature in 2013

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, check out books and DVDs, and shop in 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. In 2013, an author series with renowned Pennsylvania children‘s authors will become an integral part of First Friday activities. Volunteers will assist with book signings and sales as well.

Citizenship Lancaster-Helping prospective citizens

Do you like U.S. history and government? Do you want to give back to your Lancaster community? Do you enjoy interacting with people of diverse cultures? If so, volunteer to join a teaching team to teach citizenship to the next generation of Americans. Citizenship Lancaster is seeking volunteer instructors to lead weekly classes to prepare permanent residents for the U.S naturalization exam and interview. The instructors will teach small classes over a 13-week period on Monday evenings starting September 9th  following a well tested history and civics curriculum. We hope to start a second Citizenship Lancaster class in the future.

Oral History Project Assistants

Learn more about Lancaster history and help make valuable historical materials available to the public by volunteering to work with materials from “Operation Remember.” “Operation Remember” represents almost 20 years of recorded interviews beginning in 1976 with Lancaster County residents. Volunteers are requested to help digitize this increasingly fragile collection of audio cassettes and to create transcripts of these recordings. Volunteers should be comfortable with MS Excel, have an ability to organize information, have knowledge of audio formats and digital conversion or interest in learning and have an ability to see the project through to completion.


  • Shelving books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Assisting with clerical work such as filings, mailings, weeding materials, and processing DVDs
  • Database entry
  • Microfiche research
  • Supporting programs for children and youth