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.

Volunteer Opportunities with Children and Teens

Indoor Play Volunteer

Volunteer to provide opportunity for play time with babies, toddlers, preschoolers ages 0-5  and parents. The Volunteer facilitates playtime from 10 am-12pm on Monday mornings and is responsible for set up and clean up.(9:30-12:30 approximate time required).  The volunteer is not a babysitter but serves as parent resource. May need to gently discipline small children and encourage parents to do the same. Weekly or every other week.

Japanese Culture Club Leader: Manga, Anime, Sushi and more!

Provide a fun gathering place to share all aspects of Japanese culture with teens–anime, manga, language instruction, sushi, music, etc.  Required: Computer skills and the ability to use projector, laptops, and DVDs to enhance the program. One hour per week contact time. Set up and preparation ina advance. Must be 21 or over and have experience working with teens.

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. 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 and Tuesday afternoons starting at 1pm for 1.5 hours. We have both beginner and advanced groups. Volunteers with ESL training will prepare and recommend materials. Assistants also needed. Join a team of experienced teachers and help us respond to a growing need in the community and assist learners in improving their conversational skills at all levels.

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