Volunteer Opportunities and Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lawrence Public Library, we look forward to hearing from you! If you would like to become a Lawrence Public Library volunteer, a Friends of the Library volunteer, or a VolunTeen, continue to read below.

Volunteering with Lawrence Public Library

The Lawrence Public Library asks all volunteers to commit to a 3-month appointment and requires at least one 2-hour shift each week.

What We Do

Our volunteers are integral in our effort to provide top quality customer service and outreach to our patrons. Library volunteers serve various essential functions, from shelving books to helping with events to receiving new items into the library’s collection. Serving as docents, at the welcome desk, and shelving experts, our volunteers are often the first person a patron will meet at the library. We are looking for people with the highest standards of customer service, demonstrable appreciation for LPL’s mission and vision, and a fun and creative presence.

Volunteering with Friends of the Lawrence Public Library

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is a non-profit organization that believes a strong library is vital to our community. Through memberships dues and legendary book sales, we raise funds to support library collections, programs, and services. A volunteer can make up their own volunteer schedule based on their availability and library hours.

What We Do

The Friends was started in 1972 and has been hosting community book sales to support the Lawrence Public Library ever since.

The Friends mission is:

  • to aid, promote, and advance the operations of the Lawrence Public Library
  • to bring people who love libraries together
  • to collaborate with community members for the benefit of the Library
  • to bring attention to the Lawrence Public Library and its benefit to the community
  • to promote literacy and love of reading
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    Regular volunteers help with the daily operations of the library. Some examples of regular volunteer opportunities are shelving library materials, processing Friends donations, and pulling patron holds.
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