Free Library of Philadelphia
 
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities:
Special Volunteer Opportunities at Parkway Central Library:
Special Opportunities for Young Volunteers:
Masters of Library and Information Science Internships:
Interested Graduate students can enhance their educational program of study with a wide variety of opportunities that can be experienced volunteering in a large urban public library setting. For more information about unpaid internships with The Free Library, please contact The Office of Public Service Support at 215-686-5372 or via email at internships@freelibrary.org

Corporate / Group Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Author Events Series Volunteers
    The Author Events Series offer Philadelphians a chance to get close to and personally hear some of the greatest literary lights of our time, including in recent years Nicholas Kristof, Cornel West, Anne Rice, Chip Kidd, Anne Lamott, and more. Lecture event volunteers greet and seat patrons prior to events, assist with microphones during Q & A sessions, and help with post-event author signings in the Main Lobby.
  • Book Readers for Audio Tape
    The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Free Library of Philadelphia, is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage free mail.
  • Docent
    The Volunteer Services Program conducts a 20-hour training program designed to equip volunteer docents with the information and skills to lead tours of the historic Parkway Central Library. The subjects covered in the training will include past, present, and future aspects of the infrastructure and organization of the Free Library of Philadelphia; current services being offered; highlights from the departments and special collections; the art and architecture of the building. Upon completion of training docents are expected to commit to 2 tours a month for a period of 6 months.
  • Gadget Gurus
    Support the Free Library of Philadelphia’s commitment to digital literacy by volunteering as a Gadget Guru at the E-Gadget Helpdesk. The E-Gadget Helpdesk, located in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library, provides the public with individualized support on how to use e-readers and tablets or offer instruction on how to explore and download materials from the Free Library’s extensive digital collections, including e-books, audiobooks, music, and more.
  • Job Readiness Computer Tutor
    The Job Readiness Center provides one-on-one assistance from the qualified Center staff who aid customers in preparing for interviews, connecting with GED and ESL courses, and utilizing job search resources. Work in a computer lab with library customers (one-on-one and in small groups) in preparing resumes, establishing email accounts, and navigating the Internet to career postings.
  • Library and Community Beautification
    The Free Library of Philadelphia has 54 physical locations throughout the City. There are occasionally opportunities to complete landscaping and beautification projects at these locations, positively impacting library users and the entire community.

Group volunteers are welcome at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Please call the Volunteer Office at 215-686-5340 for additional information.

Special Opportunities at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:
Volunteering in the City of Philadelphia: