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The Library is not currently accepting new adult volunteers. Teens interested in volunteering can contact Andrea Castillo at acastillo@alexlibraryva.org.

If you are interested in helping process book donations or book sales to benefit the Library, please see our Friends groups. You can find more information at alexlibraryva.org/friends.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Alexandria Library. The goal of the Alexandria Library’s Volunteer Program is to enhance the Library’s ability to provide quality services to the public.

The Volunteer Program brings a wealth of benefits to the Library, its staff, the community and the volunteer.

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers help in many facets of operations such as sorting, shelving, assisting with programs, and cleaning. Volunteers do not serve in ways that would jeopardize customer confidentiality and the customer’s right to privacy. Volunteers are not able to present story times or read aloud in the Youth Services Department. Due to the lengthy orientation and training process, volunteers should be prepared to commit to a minimum of two hours per week for at least six months. All successful applicants will be asked to submit to a background check run by the City of Alexandria.

To apply as a volunteer, complete the appropriate form below.


VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES

Documenting Greater Alexandria

Alexandria Public Library is looking for volunteers to help us document greater Alexandria for our Local History Archives. Volunteers will be asked to go out into the community and photograph buildings and community landmarks in neighborhoods that under represented in our archives or are undergoing change. For more information or to register for the virtual informational meeting please email volunteer@alexlibraryva.org.

Dungeons & Dragons

The Barrett Branch Library is loooking for volunteers to help once a month on a Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Volunteers, along with a librarian, will be working with children ages 8-13. Does not need to be a Dungeons & Dragons expert.  All volunteers would need to be background checked and provide vaccination documentation.

Senior Games

The Barrett Branch Library is starting a new program (2-4 times a month) involving games for seniors, such as bridge, mahjong, chess, canasta, puzzles, etc., and is seeking volunteers to help with the program. There may be just one game if there is sufficient interest, or the games could be random, or attendees could choose from games when they arrive. Some games may require the volunteer to do some instruction/teaching. All volunteers would need to be background checked and provide vaccination documentation.

Computer Class Volunteer

The Beatley Library is looking for volunteers to help teach computer basics classes to adults and seniors on weekday mornings. Needs to be comfortable speaking in front of people and have strong knowledge of basic computer skills (keyboarding, downloading, internet searches, etc.) Prefer someone that has experience with Microsoft office as we will eventually have classes for that as well. All volunteers would need to be background checked and provide vaccination documentation.

Knit Night Volunteer

Starting in October, on Wednesday nights the Beatley Library, Youth Services will be restarting its popular knit night. Volunteers, along with a Youth Services librarian, will be working with children ages 8-18. No need to be an expert, mostly a basic stitch is used. All volunteers would need to be background checked and provide vaccination documentation.

TEEN VOLUNTEERS

Are you between the ages of 14-18 and looking for virtual volunteer opportunities?

Find out more and earn service hours by attending a virtual Teen Advisory Group meeting.

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Computer Assistance at Beatley Central Library

The Beatley Library is looking for computer assistance volunteers to help users who may not be comfortable with technology or just need some help. Common tasks include navigating two step verification logins, basic email tasks, copying, scanning and printing. Computer tutors provide a valuable service to our community and help provide equity in digital access.

ESL teachers and volunteers needed at Beatley Library

The Beatley Library is looking to restart its ESL program and we need volunteers to support and lead ESL classes and conversation clubs. Beginner classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-noon and we hope to add a weekday evening and Saturday morning class or conversation club.

ESL Parental Support

We are looking for volunteers that will play, read and lead activities for children while their parent participates in ESL. This program would take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am - noon. Parents will be present in the same room. All volunteers would need to be background checked and provide vaccination documentation.

EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Want to help out but can’t commit to weekly volunteering? We are looking for individuals to assist with special events, such as book sales and other large one-time library events. Email us at volunteer@alexlibraryva.org or call 703-746-1742 to get on the list.

Last updated: July 2022