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Volunteer Opportunities with the Library

Why volunteer at the Bellingham Public Library?

  • Use your skills and gain new ones
  • Earn community service hours
  • Make the library easier to use and a more pleasant place to visit
  • Become better acquainted with library collections and services
  • Attend interesting programs and events
  • Develop local community contacts
  • Meet new people

Volunteer Opportunities

Tech Helper 
No hours currently available.
Work with adult learners at all levels of tech knowledge. Tutor one-on-one in Tech Basics Coaching sessions 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Central Library. (Learn more about these free sessions on our Tech Help page.)Tech subjects include teaching patrons how to use library digital resources such as ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, efilms, and emusic. We also coach patrons on basic computer, tablet, eReader or smartphone skills; internet and browser skills; setting up email and social media accounts; and learning how to use apps and websites.

Children’s Library Helper
No hours currently available.
For volunteers ages 14-17
Help present library materials in an organized and pleasing way. Ensure that books are in proper order, straighten books on the shelf, clean materials, and assist in craft preparation for library programs.

Opportunities Beyond the Library

Volunteer opportunities at the library are limited, and we want to make sure that people with time, energy and skills to share have a chance to give back to their community through volunteering. Here are a few other places we recommend you check:

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library
Volunteer opportunities are available with the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library. This non-profit organization, which operates separately from the library, supports the library primarily by raising funds through book sales. Check the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library webpage to find out how to contact the Friends to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering for other City Departments
The Bellingham Public Library is a department of the City of Bellingham. The city government has needs for volunteers in several other departments, such as the Parks and Recreation and Police departments. Visit the Volunteering with the City of Bellingham webpage to find out more.

Volunteering in the Community
Another option is working through the Whatcom Volunteer Center, which has a long list of community volunteer needs. Visit the Whatcom Volunteer Center website to learn more. You may search an list online or visit their offices for help finding just the right place for your interests and skills