Volunteer Services


Students, parents, working people, retirees --anyone, fourteen years of age and over--can help Houston Public Library deliver a variety of quality services to its public of over two million area residents.


Mentors, research assistants, crafts assistants, after school zone mentors, docents, tech squad, internships, ESOL teachers and shelving assistants are some of the volunteer assignments.


Central Library, Special Collections libraries or any of 40 other convenient locations serving Houston neighborhoods.


Volunteers are needed seven days a week, whenever the Houston Public Library is open. Evenings and weekends are the busiest times, but the library can accommodate most schedules.You may also assist as a seasonal volunteer during spring break, summer or holiday season. 


Community needs for Houston Public Library's educational, recreational, and informational services are continually increasing. Working together, volunteers and paid staff can help meet these increased demands despite a limited budget. Not only can volunteers help the library--it's a two-way street. Volunteers acquire new skills, meet interesting people and experience the satisfaction of sharing their talents with others.


Special effort is made to match the interests of volunteers with their work assignments. Explore opportunities to work with children, share library information, process materials, or assist with special projects. Volunteering at Houston Public Library is one way you CAN make a difference!

Call Volunteer Services at (832) 393 1481 or send us an email. Submit your application to volunteer at Volunteer Initiative Program. For group projects, please complete a request on behalf of your organization. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Mentor Program

Through December 13, 2014; 12:00pm-1:00pm
Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Lifelong Learning Center
Train and guide families through a prescribed mentoring program (materials will be provided). Previous experience mentoring is preferred. Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred.

Lift Off Houston Awards Ceremony

November 15, 2014; 8am-4pm
Julia Ideson Building
Liftoff Houston, the City of Houston's 2nd annual business plan competition is coming up! This entrepreneurial initiative aims to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own business while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy.