Teen Volunteer Program

Teens participating in the Boston Public Library Teen Services Volunteer Program will learn valuable customer service skills that will transfer to paid jobs later on. Teens will learn the meaning of dependability and responsibility while learning various library skills.

The Teen Volunteer Program is designed for teens in grades 9-12 that may need community service hours or are interested for the sake of volunteering. The program is run during the semester; fall (September-December) spring (January-June) and summer (July-August). Interviews for the program take place a month before each semester start time.


  • Search for missing books on shelves.
  • Retrieve books for library requests.
  • Shelve books.
  • Read books and write book reviews.
  • Create booklists for Bibliocommons.
  • Assist in leading gaming tournaments if there are tournaments in a location.
  • Assist with virtual gaming streams.
  • Write reviews on video games.
  • Teens will participate in five skill building programs; a resume workshop, learn to create a book review, know your rights in the workplace training, a privacy training and a tour of a library department. All will be virtual.
  • Participate in weekly virtual volunteer meetings on Monday’s at 3:00 pm.
  • Create a resume at the end of the volunteer program.

Where can you participate in the Teen Volunteer Program?

  • Central Library, Teen Central
  • Brighton
  • Grove Hall
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • Roxbury

Interested teens should reach out to Agneris Lopez at volunteer@bpl.org or 617.859.2304.

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