Volunteer (old)

Volunteering with Friends & Foundation is a great way to give back to the amazing Lawrence Public Library. Each hour worked generates around $23.80 for the Library! Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Fill out an application

Our application can be found here.

If you have any issues, contact Angela by phone or email.

ahyde@lplks.org ¦ 785.843.3833 x 149

  1. Attend the New Volunteer Orientation

In orientation, you will learn about all the ways you can support the Library as a Friends & Foundation volunteer. (1 hour)

  1. Schedule training

After orientation, we’ll schedule you for a training session based on your interests. (1.5 hours)

  1. Work with a mentor (optional)

Come in for your first volunteer session with a mentor available to answer any of your questions.

  1. Volunteer when you can

Come in any time the Library is open and work as many or few hours as your schedule allows.

Available Positions


If you love books and you love a treasure hunt, then you might want to join FLPL as a Scanner. Our scanners check donated books for value on Amazon. These volunteers work a flexible schedule helping us find the diamonds in the rough.

Drop Box Attendant

Being a Drop Box Attendant is a quick and easy volunteer opportunity for book lovers! We are looking for regular volunteers to empty our donation bin. This volunteer may come in for as many or as few hours as desired. Intake volunteers work 1-2 hours examining donations for quality and separating donations by fiction and non-fiction.

Subject Specialist

Our Subject Specialists ensure that we have quality books on our shelves at sale time. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to come in a few times each month to maintain their subject area by organizing and arranging donated items. The typical Subject Specialist works 1-2 hours each time they come in.

Events Assistant

Do you like a party?  Events Assistants help make the party happen through planning, set up, showtime, and tear down. Tasks can be as varied as our past events: After Hours at the Library, Literary Trivia, Adult Summer Reading Party, Harry Potter Book Night, Drag Bingo, Sip & Spell, Caddy Stacks mini golf.

Book Sale Cashier or Attendant

Book Sales are a book lover’s happy place. You can help tally books, process payments, help patrons find the perfect book, offer bags and boxes for book-laden shoppers, and restock the shelves.  Each shift is two hours long. Take as many as you’d like.

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