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We are excited to have you join our volunteer team! Learn more about available opportunities and becoming a volunteer. Apply Now!

Under 18? Check out our teen volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Application

For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 303-441-3114 or [email protected].

Note: If you are seeking to volunteer only with BoulderReads or Conversations in English, please check out the BoulderReads volunteer information.

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Immediate Volunteer Needs

Volunteer Needed Date Times Information
Movies @ Meadows Teen Volunteers 2nd Friday of each month 3:15-6 pm Teen volunteers needed to help make movie night great fun! Set up the room prior to the movie; put pizza on paper plates; help make popcorn and lemonade; serve pizza and popcorn and lemonade; oversee the serving table during the movie; room takedown; and general cleanup at the end of the movie. Seeking 2 volunteers.
Homebound Volunteer ongoing  2 – 3 hours per week for at least  6 months Help bring joy to someone who can’t visit the library. Volunteer to support 1 to 3 individuals by selecting and delivering books to their home. A valid drivers license, car insurance, and a successful completion of a background check are required.
Homebound Materials Selection Volunteer  ongoing    2-3 hours per week for at least 4 month  Select and check out wonderful books, DVDs and other items for Homebound patrons. Selection is done at the Main Boulder Library.
Beginner Conversations in English Facilitator   ongoing  2 hours per week for at least 6 months   The Beginning Conversations in English Facilitator will support a low to mid-level English conversation group by facilitating discussion on selected topics and general conversations. Beginner group facilitators will work in tandem with the Conversations in English facilitator to provide opportunities for low level English learners to practice in a more controlled environment. Key requirements for this role include: Native-English speaker with excellent communication skills;  excellent listener skilled at encouraging conversation; and interest in and respect for English learners from diverse backgrounds, among other requirements. For more information, please see the application here or contact Neil at [email protected].
 Drop-In Tech Coach  1- 2 x/ month  1st or 4th Sat, 10-11 am OR 2nd Tuesday, 6-7 pm for at least 6 months Be a tech resource for library patrons! Staff a meeting room in which adult library patrons learn basic computer skills. Assess patron needs and then either connect adult patrons with selected resources to learn digital literacy skills such as basic functions of MS Windows-based Personal Computers, the Internet, and MS Office applications OR support patrons in solving specific questions that can be addressed within 5-15 minutes.Skills and experience required:

• Intermediate to advanced knowledge in use of personal computers; Internet applications such as Firefox, Gmail, and Skype; and MS Office applications such as Word and Excel.
• Ability to convey knowledge to beginning-level adult students
• Ability to communicate effectively with patrons of diverse backgrounds
• Ability to help students identify their needs

Volunteers raking leaves

Boulder’s 16th annual Community Cleanup Day

Join your neighbors for the 16th annual Community Cleanup Day, where each year hundreds of volunteers rally together to get the city ready for summer. City- and partner-hosted projects include trail and pathway maintenance, tree plantings, park beautification and creek cleanups. City staff and volunteer captains will provide volunteers with materials and instructions to make the day productive and fun. It is a great, family-friendly way to give back while mingling with other Boulderites. Get more Clean Update information, including registration details on our website.

Ongoing Opportunities (more listed in our application)

BLDG 61 Tool Catalog Project Volunteer

BLDG 61, Boulder Public Library’s makerspace want to develop a comprehensive catalog of its tools, materials and processes for public access. Volunteers are needed for documentation and database entry for hundreds of hand and power tools ranging from hammers to laser cutters!Skill and experience required: Photo documentation, web search wizard, database entry, typing, and/or general competence with computers. Must be 14+ years old and committed to seeing the project from start to completion; the project to be completed by summer 2018. Available to volunteer during the times: Wednesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

BLDG 61 Volunteer Videographer/ Video Documentarian

Do you tell stories through video documentary? BLDG 61 has some stories that need to be told! Qualified volunteers will use their skills to help us share our community’s experiences with the world through video testimonials ranging from one to 10 minutes. Skill and experience required: Audio/Video recording, editing, and post-processing. Portfolio of past projects needed. Must be 18+ years old and be available to collaborate with staff at times during BLDG 61 hours: Tues – Sun 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

BoulderReads Literacy volunteer

Literacy volunteers will be matched one-to-one with adult learners to help them develop their reading and writing skills. Learn more about how to become a literacy volunteer.

Cinema helper

Assist with screenings by helping in the projection booth.

Concert helper

Assist with set up, greeting, ushering and take down after the concerts and enjoy the wonderful music. Particular help needed with Midday Concerts two Wednesdays per month and the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 2 pm.

Gardeners for the Main Library’s Edible Garden

Love gardening? Help the community enjoy and benefit from the library’s garden. Plant, maintain and harvest in the library’s own edible garden. May also include giving tours, engage the community, and more!

Homebound volunteer

Help bring enjoy to a someone who can’t visit the library. Volunteer to support 1 to 3 individuals by selecting and delivering books to their home. A valid drivers license and a successful completion of a background check are required.

Homebound delivery route

Be part of bringing joy to homebound patrons’ lives. Deliver 12 to 20 bags of books once a week to 8 to 12 locations. A valid drivers license, car insurance, and a successful completion of a background check are required. Approximately two to three hours per week for at least 4 month.

Homebound book selection

Select and check out wonderful books for our Homebound patrons who reside in retirement or senior homes. Selection done at the Main Boulder Library. Approximately two to three hours per week for at least 4 month.

Oral histories support

Note taking, transcribing and audio editing skills will help ensure we capture fabulous oral histories. Join a great volunteer team that captures up to 100 oral histories per year!

Oral history interviewer

Capture oral history stories with thoughtful preparation, research, and great listening skills.

Shelf reading

Help make sure the books are in order and ready for the community to access.

Social media/marketing helper

Assisting with online event postings and social media outreach for the library . Requirements: Social media savvy, consistent, and able to commit to 2 hours per week for at least 4 months. Can be done from home.

Used Bookstore/Donations Volunteer

Do you love books? Roll up your sleeves and dig into sorting books and stocking the library’s Used Bookstore. Regular tasks include: emptying the donations room, sorting donated books into appropriate categories (genre); stocking the Used Bookstore; and cleaning up and organizing the Used Bookstore. Skills and experience required: Love of books and familiarity with a variety of genres. Enjoy organizing books and keeping a bookstore stocked and presentable. Additional skills and experiences desired: organized; able to let go of books; content working on your own; strong communication skills; able to be part of a disperse team; and comfortable working in the basement part of the time. Available at least 1 day per week for 2 hours over a minimum of 4 months.

Volunteer administrative support

Help support the library’s volunteer department and the engagement of volunteers. Aid with the administrative coordination of the volunteer program, outreach to volunteers, assist with volunteer processes, and more. Need to be able to make at least a four-month commitment to regular volunteer service.

Youth Maker Hangout Volunteers

Be a mentor, encourager, collaborative problem solver during Youth Maker Hangout with kids ages 7-14. Learners decide what software or hardware they wish to use such as Scratch, Bitsbox, Digital Sandbox, Makey Makey, and Sphero. Skills and experience needed: Enthusiasm and interest in working with youth, ages 7-14. Experience in coding of any kind or computational thinking useful, but not critical. Volunteers need to be available on Tuesdays 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., starting September 12. An orientation session will be held at the Main Library on August 15 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm  for all volunteers.

 

Process to Become a Library Volunteer

  • If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application at Volunteer Application and indicate any specific interests
  • Staff will contact you to arrange an orientation meeting to discuss the opportunities and volunteer procedures. While we strive to place as many volunteers as possible, we may not be able to place each applicant.
  • Teen applications require the signature of a parent or legal guardian prior to the start of service.
  • Background checks may be performed.
  • Court-ordered community service volunteers will be utilized on an “as needed” basis.

Our needs are varied, so do not hesitate to ask if you have a special area of interest or special skills to contribute. For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 303-441-3114 or [email protected].