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Volunteer & Donate

Volunteer & Donate



Volunteer Positions

Collection Assistant

Volunteer assists with organization and maintenance of collection by shelving, shelf reading, processing discards, and removing items based on condition.

Technology Assistant

Volunteer assists customers with library technology, computer needs and basic troubleshooting.

Program Assistant

Volunteer assists with displays or at program events which may include set-up & take down, greeting customers, crowd management and statistics gathering.

Special Event Assistant

Volunteer assists with one-time event.

Inventory Assistant at Central Library

Volunteer may assist with maintaining proper inventory in both supply room and with HPL’s collection. Position is Monday-Friday and includes counting items, labeling items and shelves, and helping to get books on the shelves.


Make a significant impact in our community! Volunteers are the heart of our library, bringing warmth and dynamic energy that benefits everyone. By joining our team, you'll use your unique abilities to contribute to a range of services and programs. Discover the various roles we offer and help us create a welcoming and enriching environment for all our visitors. Let's make Houston Public Library a place where every visit is memorable.
Requirements and Qualifications
Volunteers at Houston Public Library must be at least 14 years old. Those who are 18 or older are required to consent to a criminal background check. It's important to note that applicants seeking court-ordered volunteer hours are not eligible. As a volunteer, you will be expected to adhere to the library's policies, attend an orientation session, and follow the specific description of your volunteer role. Additionally, maintaining a consistent work schedule is essential. Please be aware that the library is not liable for any injuries that might occur. For more detailed information, refer to the volunteer application guidelines.


The Houston Public Library Foundation

Your support, whether through book donations, financial contributions, or volunteering, is vital to our mission. It helps us preserve important stories and inspire a love of learning in the next generation. Join us in building a strong base of knowledge and cultural awareness.


The Foundation is the advocate and fundraising champion of the library system. For being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston’s library system ranks seventh in the nation on per capita expenditures. Your support helps us turn initiatives into successes.