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Volunteer

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your talents and expertise, to make new friends or to learn new skills? Do you love books? Do you find yourself at the Library often? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then the Jacksonville Public Library is looking for you.   Join the citizens who are stepping forward to make a difference in our community by volunteering at the Library.

Volunteer Forms

Complete an online Volunteer Application and a library staff member will contact you shortly about volunteering. A background screening may be required.


Youth volunteers

The Library welcomes all citizens 12 and older who desire to make a difference. Youth ages 12-15 may volunteer as a member of the Teen Advisory Board and/or during the summer youth program. 

Volunteers are a vital part of improving the quality of life in our city.   JPL offers both short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities. We are sure you will find something rewarding that will fit your schedule at the same time.

Volunteer Jobs, Requirements, and Duties

  • Assist in facilitating computer and other technology education classes to Spanish-speaking customers.
  • Answer basic customer questions, and occasionally help customers with accessing online services like e-government, employment, etc.
  • Occasionally help translating computer guides from English to Spanish and vice versa. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Proficient in English and Spanish. Excellent customer service skills, computer experience. Patience and a professional attitude.
  • Assist in facilitating computer classes, answer basic customer questions, and occasionally help customers with accessing online services like e-government, employment, etc. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Excellent customer service skills, computer experience. Patience and a professional attitude.
  • Assist customers as needed. This includes helping customers at the self-check machines, logging on computers, etc.  Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Excellent customer service skills, computer experience.   Patience and a professional attitude.
  • Are you a stickler for neatness? Then, we need your help! Maintain order and appearance of assigned section of shelving. Identify books belonging to other branches and return them to Circulation for rerouting. Read spine labels and re-shelve books not in proper order. Shift books as necessary to assure easy access. Remove bookmarks, paper, and litter from books and shelves. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Organizational skills, familiarity with Dewey and knowledge of alpha/numeric order. 
  • Length of Commitment: Three (3) months
  • Use your organizational skills at the library. The library relies on its volunteers to assist with sorting and shelving books and other library material. Organize shelves, periodicals, tables and displays. Ensure proper placement of books or inspect tapes. Clean and repair books as necessary. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Organizational skills, familiarity with Dewey and knowledge of alpha/numeric order.
  • Are you seeking a meaningful way to make a direct and positive impact on lives of individuals in our community? Then the Center for Adult Learning can use your help. We are seeking volunteer instructional assistants to serve in our Adult Basic Education, GED ® Preparation and English Language Learning (ESOL) programs. Help members of our community in any of the following ways: improve basic reading, writing or math skills, prepare for the GED ® test or learn English.
  • Required skills: A commitment of at least 16 weeks, customer service skills and a desire to work with others. Previous teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Training and continual support will be provided.
  • Feel like a teen again. The Teen area of the Main Library is looking for volunteers to assist in preparation for programs including craft project preparation, set-up, and break down. Provide specific service to professional staff during programs. Assist with displays. Provide assistance in maintenance and appearance of shelves. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Ability to work with teens, ability to follow instructions, customer service skills.
  • Get a free backstage pass to a library program. Assist Library personnel with preparing for library programs that are held at the library and other locations. Also, assist during program by passing out brochures/information/handouts, assisting people attending the program with questions, and taking photos of the event. Available at the Main Library.
  • Required skills: Customer Service skills, patience, and a desire to help and work with others, knowledge of audio visual equipment a plus.
  • Every great library needs a computer whiz. Answer general questions and assist with basic functions of the computer. Assist customers with locating websites for writing resumes and setting up business plans as well as library materials on job hunting, interviewing, and resume writing. Provide assistance in locating online applications for obtaining food stamps, welfare, and affordable health care. May provide assistance using the JPL catalog. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Customer service skills, computer and Internet experience. Patience and professional attitude.
  • If you love meeting and talking with people, then the Library is looking for you. Greet customers at the door. Provide assistance and direction to customers. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Excellent customer service skills.
  • Get a look at the library from behind the scenes. Label and de-label materials. Stamp books. Process new and withdrawn materials. Assist with daily book drops. Assist in packing and unpacking of delivery reserves. Copy materials, organize and file City of Jacksonville documents. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Familiarity with Dewey, clerical/secretarial skills, independent worker, functions well under limited supervision, and attention to detail.
  • Learn all about the library by volunteering as a Neighborhood Branch Assistant. Sort and shelve books and other library materials. Organize shelves, tables and displays. Ensure proper placement of books. Clean and repair books as necessary. Answer general questions and assist with basic functions of the computer. Provide assistance in locating websites and using software. Prepare items for craft projects and assemble accessories and props for story times. Register children for programs. Provide assistance during programs. Read with and to children. Assist with homework. Provide academic support at the library to elementary aged children.
  • Required skills: Organizational skills, familiarity with Dewey, knowledge of alpha/numeric order, customer service skills, computer and Internet experience, patience and professional attitude, ability to work with children, ability to follow instructions. Dependability, general reading, writing and math skills.
  • Gain valuable on-the-job training and experience by helping the library with general office duties such as, answering and making calls, filing, making copies, and data input. Available at various locations.
  • Required skills: Clerical/secretarial skills, excellent customer service skills, computer skills, good organizational skills, knowledge of other languages a plus.

 

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