Volunteer at BPL

Art & Architecture Tour Guides

For more information about the program requirements and the responsibilities of volunteer Art & Architecture tour guides, please refer to the position overview (PDF). While we are not currently recruiting volunteer Art & Architecture tour guides, you are welcome to submit an application for consideration in the future. Interested candidates should complete the application form (PDF) and send to tours@bpl.org or Tour Guide Program, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Literacy Volunteers

The Literacy Services Department offers several opportunities for volunteers to work with either adult English-as-a-Second- Language (ESL) learners or adults who are in need of developing basic reading and writing skills towards their individual life goals. For example, some volunteers may work with a small group of two to four ESL learners or facilitate a large drop-in group of five to twenty-five people who are looking to improve their conversational English. Other volunteers may work with an individual helping him or her to improve basic literacy skills for employment or for tests such as the HiSet. For more information please call 617.859.2446 or email mtheroux@bpl.org.

Teen Volunteers in Teen Central

Teens (grades 9-12) participating in the Boston Public Library Teen Services Volunteer Program will learn valuable working skills that will transfer to paid jobs later on. Volunteer jobs help to prepare teens to become job ready while working in the library and learning customer service skills and learning how to interact with a variety of people. Teens learn the importance of speaking and dressing appropriately and the meaning of dependability and responsibility. Teens will participate in a resume building program and an interview skills workshop

Some of the tasks are:

  • Search for missing books on shelves
  • Search for new websites for the BPL teen blog
  • Create booklists online
  • Put up book displays 
  • Shelve books
  • Assist in leading weekly gaming tournaments in Teen Central on Fridays

The volunteer program runs year round; in the fall, spring and in the summer. Interested teens should reach out to Jess Snow at jsnow@bpl.org or 617-859-2335.

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