The library depends on the many hours generously donated each week by volunteers.  We are very grateful for all the work they do.  If you would like to volunteer, we are always accepting applications.  To get started, complete the application and background check forms below and return them to any public service desk at the Library.  At this time, we are not able to fulfill a request for court-ordered community service requirements.


You can fill out our online Volunteer Application by printing a copy and bringing it to the library with your signed CORI Authorization form


Volunteer Opportunities



Pages shelve books, DVDs, CDs, organize magazines and newspapers, and assist with upkeep/order of shelves This position requires attention to detail and a love of order/organization.  Volunteer must be able to maneuver heavy carts and lift light to medium weights  Knowledge of the alphabet is required. Knowledge of Dewey Decimal is preferred.


Senior Outreach

Homebound Delivery – The library provides materials to library users who are unable to get to the library due to health or transportation issues.  Homebound library users identify the types of materials they like to read, watch or listen to and any favorite authors or topics of interest.  Library staff select material they have not previously had and place reservations on new titles of interest to the user.


Senior Book groups – The library is willing to provide weekly/monthly book groups for Senior Housing.  Ability to relate to people of all ages, good communication skills.  We are in need of people to lead those book groups, select materials and organize the ordering and return of the books selected.     


Material Preparation

The volunteer prepare materials to be shelf ready, process discarded materials, clean AV materials.  This work includes stamping, pasting, and marking materials.  The ability to acquire knowledge of repair procedures and methods is essential.


Library photographers

The library needs trained volunteers to photograph or film programs for library use or Cape Ann TV.  Many of the library programs could be enjoyed beyond their initial presentation if recording were possible. Training by Cape Ann TV is provided and is required for filming


Program Facilitators

Tap into your passions.  What kind of programs/teaching groups/workshops could you provide?  We now have volunteers that lead groups in mah jongg, cribbage, jewelry making, etc.  Let us know if you’d like to lead/teach a skill.  This position requires good communication skills and the ability to teach and lead a group


Program Assistance

Volunteers welcome attendees at library events, distribute program information, orient patrons to the library/event site;and are available to answer questions and direct patrons as needed. All that is required is a warm, outgoing personality, ability to anticipate and react to needs of patrons and staff, and a desire to make people comfortable.  Events typically take place on weekday evenings.  Some weekend events may need volunteers.



It is required by state law that all applicants – regardless of age – undergo a criminal background check (CORI) before they can actively volunteer in any part of the library.