Volunteer Opportunities

Develop skills, share your talents and make a difference in your community. Library volunteers help kids and teens with homework, tutor adult English learners, assist librarians with programs and events, facilitate book discussion groups and more. Volunteering is a great way to provide meaningful service to our community and to meet people from all walks of life.
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Volunteering during the COVID pandemicHow You Can Volunteer at the LibraryVolunteer RolesVolunteer: Frequently Asked QuestionsRelated Links
Volunteering during the COVID pandemic
Our community has seen increases in COVID-19 infections caused by the delta variant. We are unable to provide volunteer opportunities in the Library until the pandemic outlook improves. You are welcome to contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@spl.org if you have questions. The following websites include community volunteer opportunities.
How You Can Volunteer at the Library
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for the following volunteer opportunities. Contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator or call 206-386-4664 to ask about volunteer openings and request an application. 
Volunteer Roles
Adult Tutor
Provide tutoring and encouragement for English language and adult basic education learners who are developing skills in conversational English, reading comprehension, writing and preparing for the U.S. Naturalization and GED tests. Volunteers tutor learners at the Central Library and the Broadview and Rainier Beach branches for at least six months.
Book Group Facilitator
Computer Instruction Assistant
English Class Assistant
Homework Helper
Library Support Volunteer
Spanish Circle Facilitator
Special Event Volunteer
Story Time Assistant
Visitor Center Volunteer
Volunteer: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out if there are currently volunteer openings for adults?
You can send an email to volunteer@spl.org to ask about volunteer openings. Because of considerable interest in volunteering at the Library, we are unable to place all interested volunteers. For other local volunteer opportunities, you can check these websites:
What is the time commitment for volunteering?
How do I complete court-mandated community service hours?
How can I volunteer with the Friends of The Seattle Public Library?
Can my group work on a service project with the Library?
Where can I earn service learning hours for high school graduation?
I am a Library volunteer. How do I log my volunteer hours?
Are there volunteer opportunities for teens?
If you have a question or need help, email our Volunteer Services Coordinator or call 206-386-4664.
Related Links
Teen Service Learning Opportunities
The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Friends of The Seattle Public Library
Library Careers
Current Volunteers
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