Volunteering at the Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Worcester Public Library. Our volunteers work in many different capacities, lending their behind-the-scenes support to our appreciative staff and serving a vital role in helping us provide excellent service to our community. WPL volunteers served a collective 3,176 hours last year!

All new volunteer openings will be posted here. We retain volunteer applications for one year and contact interested volunteers when opportunities arise.

The Worcester Public Library’s Volunteer Program is currently full, however interested volunteers may still apply.

Please check back for more information when the Volunteer Program resumes April 2018.


Frequently Asked Questions

What types of tasks do volunteers at the Worcester Public Library perform?
Our volunteers help with a variety of tasks ranging from shelving and shelf-reading, to administrative work, to assisting with programs, special events, and short-term projects. The Friends of the Worcester Public Library also host volunteers who help run the Food for Thought Book Store & Café and semi-annual book sales, as well as assist with sorting donated materials.

What are the requirements of volunteering at WPL?
• Must pass CORI/SORI background checks
• Complete volunteer training
• 3-month commitment with a regular weekly schedule.

How do I apply?
Complete the volunteer application and email to volunteer@mywpl.org or mail to:
Worcester Public Library
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
3 Salem Square
Worcester MA 01608

Can I complete my community service requirement at the Library?
That depends in part on your requirements, including the type of work and number of hours you must complete, and the date your community service must be completed. Please be sure to note this information on your application.

When can I start?
Before you are placed in an open volunteer position, you will need to:
• Submit CORI/SORI paperwork, at least one week prior to being placed
• Attend one of our quarterly volunteer trainings

How old must you be to volunteer?
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. If you’re under 18 years, a parent/legal guardian must sign the bottom portion of the volunteer application to grant you permission to volunteer.


For more information, email volunteer@mywpl.org.

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