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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Norfolk Public Library (NPL). We appreciate your willingness to volunteer your services to assist the library, its patrons and the community. Listed below are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available at NPL. If you would like to volunteer in a group, or would like to discuss other volunteer opportunities, please e-mail NPLVolunteer@norfolk.gov.

Individuals Apply Here       Groups Apply Here

 

Of the many ways you can volunteer with us, we're also looking for:

Ambassadors Library ambassador at table in a high school

For friendly, engaging, outgoing people who enjoy working with the public!

The Norfolk Public Library Ambassadors represent NPL in events such as festivals, fairs, and community venues. They function as “Library Docents” and engage the public, promote library services, award-winning programs, and the volunteer program.  They also distribute library information and resources.

Ambassadors receive training on NPL programs and target age groups, locations of library branches, how to engage the public, how to promote upcoming events with handouts, and how to assist attendees with simple art activities or mementos.

Submit your application.

Champions

For those who like to get hands-on!

We're seeking teenagers and adults to volunteer at our many locations. Opportunities include shelving books, organizing and maintaining Kidzones and Youth Services equipment, assisting with children and STEM programs, data entry, digital media, producing theme-based curriculum materials, attending special events and community programs and much more!

Locations include our Administrative Office, Service Center and various neighborhood branches.

Submit your application.

table of used books with woman purchasing a book volunteer in blue vest working in computer lab two volunteers shelving books

Teen Tech Pros

For the tech savvy, field experts, and those who want to mentor teens!

We're looking for mentors in these programs:

  • Music Production
  • Video Production
  • Robotics Programming
  • Robotics Construction
  • Engineering
  • Theater Production
  • Cake Decorating
  • Sewing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Printmaking
  • T-Shirt Printing
  • Crafting
  • Photography
  • And More! 

 Submit your application.

volunteer teaching two students sound programming device volunteer teaching two teens a car programming software volunteers teaching teen how to use sewing machine

Bookmobile Brigade

For those who enjoy the parade life!

The Bookmobile Brigade accompanies the Bookmobile in local parades and events. Volunteers must be able to travel alongside the Bookmobile and may be asked to hold signs or banners.

Submit your application and indicate you'd like to be in the Bookmobile Brigade.

NPL Bookmobile in Berkley Reunion Parade, with volunteers holding banner Bookmobile in the Grand Illumination Parade, with lights

Production Crew

For the crafty, creative, and those who love kids' projects!

Our Youth Services Department is looking for help with tasks like:

  • Check-in and inventory kits
  • Glitter and glue projects
  • Decorate and assemble swag bags
  • Organize Supplies and Materials
  • Prepare Holiday Crafts
  • Cut out Holiday Images
  • Organize and Maintain Toy Collections
  • Maintain Storeroom Book Collection

Submit your application.

volunteer cleaning toys in a children's play area Volunteers around table cutting out shapes for craft volunteer shelving books in library