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The New York Public Library is teaming up with The My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA) to bring access and opportunity to high-school aged youth.  We are looking for management-level and executive- level people from NYC-based companies to serve as volunteer mentors.

Library Mentors will have meetings with students at either Mott Haven Library or 96th Street Library once a month starting in November from 5:30PM to 7:00PM.

The goal is to provide select students with an opportunity to be mentored by and exposed to role-models in safe-spaces (library branches) and receive guidance around college access, career planning, soft-skills, and more.


  • Library Mentors must hold a current management or executive level position at a for-profit company.
  • Must complete an application and interview.
  • Must submit to a background check.
  • Must be able to make the time commitment from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, once a month from November to May.
  • Required training is providedon Tuesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 26.
  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Library is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace; prospective mentors with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Tell us why you’d like to become a Library Mentor and describe any skills/experience that would prove useful in guiding teen mentees. Please apply here to become a Library Mentor. Contact Briyyah McClain, at for more information.



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:

Bronx: Castle Hill and Clason’s Point

Manhattan: Washington Heights

Staten Island: Port Richmond

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

  • Providing monthly information sessions/library tours


  • 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.


  • Attend Volunteer Recognition Day at the beautiful Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

  • Celebrate the holiday season with a guest at our annual Holiday Open House

  • Receive a 20% discount in the Library Shop

  • Invitations to lectures and free tickets to off-Broadway shows

Visit us online to apply! Tell us why you’d like to become an Ambassador and describe any skills/experience that would prove useful in working with immigrants. Training will be provided.


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

Clason's Point - Mondays 10am-12pm
Van Nest - Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Countee Cullen - Thursdays 1pm-3pm
Hunt's Point - Saturdays 10am-12pm
Jerome Park - Saturdays 12pm-2pm


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

  1. Information Sesssion (2 hours) on October 2nd, time to be announced.
  2. Two pre-service training sessions (4 hours): 1st training: 10/23 OR 11/13, or 10/30 OR 11/20
  3. Observation of NYPL informal program teachers (4 hours minimum)
  4. Co-facilitation with NYPL informal program teachers (4 hours minimum)

Please apply here


Online Volunteers

Collaborate with NYPL to build the library of the future! We're doing this with the help of volunteers. We're exploring new and fun ways of improving access to rare and unique collections online. These are projects you can work on anytime, anywhere with an internet connection. We have two active initiatives now. More are on the way! No need to fill out an application. Get started immediately by following the links below.

  • Emigrant City - Help transcribe 19th and 20th century real estate records.
  • Map Warper - Help transform historical street maps into an interactive digital atlas.

Get Involved

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Online Application Please only apply for positions that are listed.

If you prefer a paper application and are interested in any of the above, please fill out an application and mail to:

New York Public Library, Volunteer Office, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue, Room 101M - VOL
New York, NY 10018.

You may also email your application to

Please apply only  for a library that is mentioned in any of the current opportunities. Please apply if you are able to make a once a week commitment for at least six months. Please apply only if you are at least 14 years of age.

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.  Please only apply for positions that are listed.