Thank you to our current volunteers, and we welcome new volunteers!

The Boulder Public Library involves volunteers as part of our team to provide excellent programs and services for our community. We appreciate the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

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For Current Volunteers:

Thank you for volunteering with us! Access the City of Boulder volunteer portal Count Me in Boulder to find more volunteer opportunities and enter your volunteer hours.

Additional citywide volunteer information and resources can be found at Volunteer Opportunities | City of Boulder (bouldercolorado.gov).

New Volunteers:

Volunteers are an important part of the Boulder Public Library team. Every year, hundreds of volunteers contribute their time and talents to the library, gaining new skills and getting a behind-the-scenes view, while helping us provide services to the whole community.

Volunteers are involved in the library’s work in many ways including:

  • Partnering with adults and kids to build literacy skills
  • Capturing oral histories
  • Bringing library materials to those who cannot get to the library
  • Tidying up our library shelves
  • Sorting donated materials and stocking our bookstore
  • Helping with special events and programs
  • Answering technology questions
  • Teaching kids and adults the strategy through Go Club
  • Providing administrative support to our departments
  • Advising our library on and creating teen programs

How to Apply to Volunteer

Check out the areas where the library and other city departments are currently accepting volunteer applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have openings for court-order community services volunteers?

The library does not currently have Court-ordered Community Service volunteer roles. Learn about Community Service volunteer opportunities with other city departments.

 Do I have to have a set schedule?

Some assignments require a weekly three-to-six-month commitment; some have weekly or bimonthly commitments. Most of our volunteer positions require a regularly scheduled commitment (e.g., every Tuesday, 5 to 7 pm or every Friday, 8 to 10 am).

 How old do I have to be to volunteer?

To volunteer without a parent present, volunteers must be at least 12 years old. We can occasionally work with younger volunteers if they have a parent or guardian who will volunteer alongside them. Most volunteer roles require a volunteer to be at least 16 or 18 years old.

Is there a minimum time commitment for volunteering?

Because of the training involved, many roles ask people to make a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for at least 3 months.

 What if I only want to volunteer for a few weeks?

We have some short-term volunteer opportunities such as one day events that take place throughout the year. See our volunteer calendar to see one-day or short-term volunteer opportunities.

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and the Parks and Recreation Department often have one-day volunteer opportunities. Learn more.

Are there any opportunities for my work/school/church group to volunteer at the library?

We do not usually have group projects. If we do, we post them on the volunteer calendar. The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and the Parks and Recreation Department often have group projects. Learn more.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions that are not answered on this page?

For questions not answered from the information above and by going to the links mentioned above, contact the Boulder Public Library at 303-441-3100 or [email protected].