Volunteers are utilized during our normal business hours and occasionally during hours when the Library is closed. Some volunteer positions require an ongoing commitment, while others are one-time activities or on-call positions. Volunteers perform services without compensations or expectation of compensation.
What Types of Volunteer Opportunities Are Available?
Administrative Volunteers – The Library of Virginia needs assistance with numerous administrative duties and projects in all departments and divisions. Enthusiastic volunteers who have a willingness to learn and an unquenchable intellectual curiosity are always needed. The best candidates will have strong computer skills, experience with administrative support, and a willingness to work on a variety of assignments, which could include data entry, answering phones, filing, and more.
Library Development & Networking Volunteers – The Library of Virginia serves all public libraries in Virginia through the Library Development & Networking department. Some examples of projects where help may be needed are:
- Early Literacy Activity Center – Help is needed to unpack, repack, sort, catalog, and mark an assortment of puzzles, puppets, games, and educational toys. These items are placed in public libraries to promote early literacy development in young children.
- Family Literacy Online Calendar – DaybyDayVA.org is an online family literacy calendar. Family- friendly events and locations are frequently added to the website. This task requires data entry into a Google Doc database.
- Booklist – New award books need to be added to the Lexile booklist. This task requires checking for the Lexile level and then updating our database.
- Performance Database – The Library of Virginia provides public libraries with a list of recommended storytellers, magicians, musicians, and more. The database needs to be checked and updated.
The best candidates will have strong computer skills, a familiarity with databases, and a willingness to assist with data entry.
How Do You Apply?
Applicants must first submit an online volunteer application. All applications are reviewed, and if an appropriate placement is found, applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. Selected applicants will be required to successfully complete a criminal background check prior to being accepted.
To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (804) 692-3562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Library of Virginia.