How Do I Volunteer at the Library?


Spokane Public Library welcomes and encourages volunteers to enrich the capabilities and services of the library system.  Volunteers provide essential support for library functions, including assisting or providing programming, organizing materials, and keeping libraries and materials clean and inviting.  All library volunteers must be at least 14 years of age (some assignments have a higher age limit), dependable, and must successfully complete library provided training and subsequent evaluations.  We do not have volunteer assignments available to fulfill court ordered community service.  Further information may be found by viewing our Policy on Volunteering in the Library.  Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that match their interests, skills and time commitments.  Selected applicants will be contacted as openings occur.

Volunteer opportunities that periodically become available are listed below.  For information about time commitments, work requirements, and locations please click on the title in which you have an interest.

Youth Services Storytime Presenter

Youth Services Programming Assistant

Computer Class Assistant
Map Project Assistant
Northwest Room Assistant
Materials Shelver

Collection Weeding Assistant
Materials Mender
Book Scrubber / Shelf Cleaner
Plant Care
Special Project Assistant

Bookstore Volunteer


Ready to apply?  Please complete the following forms, as applicable:

Volunteer Application Form for Adults (for applicants 18 years of age or older)
Volunteer Application Form for Students (for applicants 14 through 17 years of age)
Attachment to Volunteer Application (required for all applicants)

Completed forms may be mailed to Human Resources, Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA  99201; or dropped off at any SPL branch library. 


Friends of the Library Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Library please use this separate Volunteer Application for the Friends. Completed forms may be turned in at the book store or at the Library's administrative offices. Opportunities with the Friends include:

More information about the Friends can be found on this page of our website.


Genealogy Volunteer Opportunities

The Eastern WA Genealogical Society has volunteers in place at the Downtown Library for genealogical research. If you are interested in volunteering with them please speak to them directly on Tuesdays at the Downtown Library or contact them through their website.