Volunteer opportunities

If there is a volunteer opportunity listed below that matches your skills and needs, please submit a volunteer application.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Office at 612-543-8633.

Currently accepting applications for:

Adult homework help

Assist adult students with homework, including college assignments and preparation for the GED exam. Experience tutoring and interacting with people of diverse cultures is preferred. Training is provided.

Locations:

At Home volunteer

At Home volunteers share library materials and love of books with patrons.

Visit a patron at their residence regularly to deliver and pick up library materials, using your own transportation. Place holds, check out and return materials. Volunteers enjoy reading and interacting with seniors and have a general knowledge of the library catalog and materials (training provided if needed).

Commitment: Attend training sessions, volunteer for a minimum of 1 year following training and schedule visits every 3 to 4 weeks. A criminal background check is required for this position.

At Home volunteer for a group home

At Home volunteers share library materials and love of books with patrons in a group home.

Visit a group home regularly to deliver and pick up library materials, using your own transportation. Place holds, check out and return materials. Volunteers enjoy reading and interacting with patrons and have a general knowledge of the library catalog and materials (training provided if needed).

Commitment: Attend training sessions, volunteer for a minimum of 1 year following training and schedule visits every 3 to 4 weeks. A criminal background check is required for this position.

Book discussion leader

Lead a monthly book discussion for adults. Work with a librarian to select books or themes, read the books, prepare discussion questions and facilitate the discussion. Volunteer one to two hours per week for 3-12 months. Training provided.

Location:

Computer tutoring

Assist patrons with computer basics – typing, using a mouse, signing up for email accounts, navigating a website, using Microsoft Office, printing, filling out applications, and other tasks as requested. Volunteers work one-to-one with patrons at an assigned time in the library. Experience with computers required.

Computer tutors needed at:

K-12 homework help for fall 2018

Work with K-12 youth after school on homework-related projects. Volunteers support students' academic success by helping them develop literacy and mathematics skills, understand homework assignments, and prepare for college. Volunteers work once a week for at least one semester. Experience with youth is helpful. Training is provided. A criminal background check is required.

Locations:

Library materials volunteers

Assist staff in getting returned materials back on library shelves so they are available for patrons. Maintain the library collection, work with reserved materials, and other duties as need. Volunteers must be detail-oriented, be able to follow directions and work independently. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per week. Location availability dependent on library needs.

Currently needed at these locations:

Mentors for youth in the Best Buy Teen Technology Center at Minneapolis Central

Mentor teens in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, partnering with them on creative projects. Volunteers need interest and experience with teens, interest or skill with advanced technology applications, and ability to relate and coach in an unstructured environment. Training and materials are provided.  

Center hours are Monday through Thursday, 3-8 p.m., with a two-hour commitment once a week for a minimum of six months. Mentors must be 20 years of age or older, and a criminal background check is required.

Tutors for adult learners at the Franklin Learning Center

Assist adult learners studying English, math, science, social studies, technology, and life skills as well as preparing for the GED, improving conversation skills, and studying for U.S. citizenship exams. Tutors work one-to-one or with small groups. Experience tutoring and working with people of diverse cultures is preferred but not required. Training and materials provided.

Hours available Tuesday through Saturday at the Franklin Learning Center, 1314 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.