Fifty Five+ · Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in using your talents and expertise to help your community? Our team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers plays a very important role in supporting the Library’s mission to connect "people with the world of ideas and information." Here are some of the ways you can help!
Main Library and Branches
Volunteer opportunities at the Main Library and branches may include the following:
- Shelf reading (making certain that materials are in the correct order on the shelf)
- Organizing customer holds
- Helping with children's programming prep work
- Assisting with clerical tasks
For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call the Volunteer Hot Line (513-369-6946) or send us an email.
Download an application form:
The Friends of the Public Library
The Friends, a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers and about 2,000 members, purchases material for our collection and underwrites hundreds of programs for adults, teens, and children. Volunteer opportunities with the Friends include the following:
- Sorting, pricing, and boxing used books and other materials at their Warehouse
- Assisting shoppers in the Friends’ Shop
- Sending out membership solicitations, sales invitations, and other information
- Helping at book sales
More detailed information about volunteering with the Friends is available on their website.
The Anderson Township Library Association
The Anderson Township Library Association is a volunteer group that supports the facilities, services, and resources of the Anderson and Mt. Washington Branch libraries. Funds raised by their annual book sales are used to support adult and children’s programs, purchase books, audiovisual material, and special equipment.
For information about joining the Anderson Township Library Association, please call 513-369-6030 or email.
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- The Senior Volunteer: Where and How Retired Americans Can Give Back by Charles C. Sharpe
There are many other organizations in the community that rely on volunteers. Here are the names of a few of them:
- All for Good
- SCORE: Counselors to American’s Small Business
- Volunteer Match
- Cincinnati Arts Association
- Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati
- Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
You'll find more volunteer websites in Sites by Subject, a directory of websites maintained by library staff.