Volunteer

HPL Volunteer Services


Who?

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.

What?

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

Where?

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

When?

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. 

Why?

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.

How?

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!

Click here to apply!

Looking for more ways to help?

Are you interested in providing a program?  Do you have a set curriculum with learning objectives that you would like to share with the public? If you are interested in hosting a class, seminar or program, please complete a Program Request Form.  (Be sure to provide as much detail as possible.)

Do you have a group of associates, friends or co-workers that are interested in volunteering together?  Click here to complete a request on behalf of your organization to volunteer as a group.