Spokane Public Library welcomes and encourages volunteers to enrich the capabilities and services of the library system.

Volunteers provide essential support for library functions, including assisting or providing programming, organizing materials, and keeping libraries and materials clean and inviting. All library volunteers must be at least 14 years of age (some assignments have a higher age limit), dependable, and must successfully complete library provided training and subsequent evaluations. We do not have volunteer assignments available to fulfill court ordered community service. Further information may be found by viewing our Policy on Volunteering in the Library. Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that match their interests, skills and time commitments. Selected applicants will be contacted as openings occur.

Volunteer opportunities that periodically become available are listed below. For information about time commitments, work requirements, and locations please click on the title in which you have an interest.

 

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Please complete the following form:

Completed forms may be mailed to the address below or dropped off at any branch library.

Human Resources
Spokane Public Library
906 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

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Volunteer with the Friends of the Library

If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Library please use this separate Volunteer Application for the Friends. Completed forms may be turned in at the book store or at the Library’s administrative offices.

Opportunities with the Friends include:

  • Bookstore
  • Book Sales
  • Friends of the Library Board

Learn more information about the Friends of the Library →

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Volunteer with Eastern WA Genealogical Society

The Eastern WA Genealogical Society has volunteers in place at the Downtown Library for genealogical research. If you are interested in volunteering with them please speak to them directly on Tuesdays at the Downtown Library or contact them through their website.

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Volunteer positions available at the library

Application information


 

Youth Services Programming Assistant

Provides assistance during library programs, such as helping with crafts, counting attendees, and maintaining an orderly atmosphere. May also assist with designing bulletin boards.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week.

Qualifications

Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and occasionally lift up to 15 pounds.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


 

Computer Class Assistant

Assist computer class instructors by monitoring participants and helping them learn basic computer skills.

Estimated Time Commitment

2-4 hours per month for at least six months.

Qualifications

Knowledge of basic computer skills such as using a mouse and navigating in a Windows environment; patience, good communication skills, and ability to follow directions. Must be at least 16 years of age.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


 

Map Project Assistant

Type up a list of all of the topographical maps in alphabetical order.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-10 hours per week for a total of 50 to 100 hours per year. Flexible hours between Tuesday/Wednesday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Qualifications

Ability to type and to accurately alphabetize items; ability to lift, carry, and sort maps.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown Library only.


 

Northwest Room Assistant

Performs routine library and archival tasks such as shelving and maintaining the proper order of materials, photocopying, and other like duties as assigned.

Estimated Time Commitment

8 hours per week for at least six months. Hours are flexible and may be arranged Tuesday through Saturday between 1 – 6 p.m.

Qualifications

Must be at least 16 years of age. Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, kneel, and periodically lift and move up to 15 pounds.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown Library only.


 

Materials Shelver

Assists library staff in shelving all types of materials. May also read shelves to determine that materials are in proper order. May put cases on compact discs or videos prior to shelving.

Estimated Time Commitment

2-6 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualifications

Must be at least 16 years of age. Able to pass skills test; attention to detail; able to work independently; able to bend, stoop, stretch and lift.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


 

Collection Weeding Assistant

Assists professional staff in weeding collections by removing worn, damaged materials from the shelves on the basis of condition, or using other specified criteria.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week.

Qualifications

Must be at least 16 years of age. Attention to detail; able to work independently; able to bend, stoop, stretch and lift.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown, Shadle, and South Hill libraries only.


 

Materials Mender

Volunteers may wash or replace book jackets, tape torn pages, replace spine labels and repair minor spine damage.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualification

Must be at least 16 years of age. Attention to detail; able to work independently; no allergies to dust or cleaning agents.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown, Shadle, and South Hill libraries only.


 

Book Scrubber / Shelf Cleaner

Assists in cleaning books, audio/visual material covers and cases, and library shelving to maintain a clean and inviting environment for library users.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualifications

Must be at least 16 years of age. Ability to push, pull, stretch and lift; able to work independently; no allergies to dust or cleaning materials.

Locations

his volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


 

Plant Care

Helps maintain indoor and/or outdoor plants, including watering, weeding and pruning when necessary.

Estimated Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week depending on season.

Qualifications

Must be at least 16 years of age. Knowledge of house plants and/or outdoor plants and their care; ability to work independently.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at the Hillyard, Indian Trail, and South Hill libraries only.


 

Special Project Assistant

From time to time we have a need for one or more volunteers to assist with one-time projects. For example, we may need to pull a specific material type from the shelves and re-label items.

Estimated Time Commitment

2 to 10 hours per week for the duration of the project (to be determined depending on the nature of the project).

Qualifications

Willingness and ability to commit the necessary time to the project for its duration. Volunteers who are interested in this type of assignment will be contacted to determine their interest in and fit with the work when projects become available.

Locations

This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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