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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The New York Public Library.

  • Please apply for actual volunteer positions that are mentioned below.
  • Please apply if you are able to make a once a week commitment for at least six months.
  • Please apply if you are at least 14 years of age or the age requested in the service description.

Community Ambassador

Volunteers wanted (Se buscan voluntarios)! Do you love your neighborhood library? Are you active in your community? Do you love to help others and connect with new people? Join our Volunteer Community Ambassadors team! NYPL is looking for Spanish-speaking adult volunteers near these libraries to connect with our immigrant communities:

Help connect people in your community, friends, and families with our libraries and their free and essential services. As a Community Ambassador, you will work closely with staff from one Library helping us connect primarily with Hispanic families. Ambassador activities include going out into the community to share information about Library resources twice a month, visiting with community leaders, distributing library promotional material to local community groups, and providing monthly information sessions/library tours.

Requirements include:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish (written/spoken) with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Availability of approximately 4 hours per week, with preferred commitment of one year. Must be flexible, available on some weekends.
  • Enthusiasm for being a role model with a friendly and approachable manner and ability to get along with diverse groups of people.

Training will be provided and there are great benefits such as invitations to our Volunteer Recognition Day and Holiday Open House. You'll also receive a 20% discount in the Library Shop.

 

Conversation Group Facilitator

Adult volunteers are needed at the following locations to help facilitate the "We Are New York" conversation program for Intermediate English learners.  

The time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours per week, at least once each week and for a minimum commitment of 6 months.  Required training is provided: 

  • Information Sesssion (2 hours),  time to be announced.
  • Two pre-service training sessions (4 hours).
  • Observation of NYPL informal program teachers (4 hours ).
  • Co-facilitation with NYPL informal program teachers (4 hours).

 

 

Get Involved: Apply to Volunteer

Are you ready to apply to volunteer? Remember:

  • Please apply for actual volunteer positions that are mentioned above.
  • Please apply if you are able to make a once a week commitment for at least six months.
  • Please apply if you are at least 14 years of age or the age requested in the service description.

There are three ways to complete your application:

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to all. If your qualifications match with our current needs, we will contact you.