The Friends rely on volunteers to successfully support the Metropolitan Library System. As a volunteer, you can help in two ways:
Annually at the Friends Booksale in February. The Booksale is one of the largest in the nation involving over 1,000 volunteers and raising close to $250,000 each year. The proceeds from the sale are given in grants to support the Metropolitan Library System.
Year round at the Sort Site. Sort Site volunteers get books ready for Booksale and volunteering is a more in-depth commitment. Volunteers choose a day of the week and volunteer throughout the year Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 12:30 and 1 – 4 on Wednesdays.
Each person interested in volunteering will need to select an opportunity and complete the online volunteer profile before volunteering. This ensures that we have the appropriate number of volunteers in each area for each shift.
Volunteers for the Friends must be 14 years of age or older. Due to insurance requirements, there are no exceptions to this rule.
Unfortunately, due to insurance requirements, no. While volunteering for the Friends, you may not bring children 13 years of age and under unless they are being supervised by someone who is not volunteering.
Yes! For Booksale, please choose either customer service or cashiering in the Better Books Room area. These areas have jobs that are suitable for sitting.
For the Sort Site, please choose Amazon sales volunteering.
No, you’ll need to sign up for an available opportunity and in some cases receive approval before volunteering. You can sign up here.