Volunteer with Queens Library in the Community!

Join Queens Public Library out in the community this summer!

Queens Public Library will be on-hand at community events and festivals throughout the summer to meet and greet local residents and visitors; telling them about the fantastic programs and services offered by the library, free-of-charge!

Volunteers are needed to assist:

  • Distribute flyers, brochures, and pamphlets
  • Provide free giveaways to the public
  • Help sign-up new library card holders
  • Assist with special events 

Check out the One-Day Events Calendar to sign up!

Summer Volunteer Recruitment Begins May 15th

Queens Public Library begins recruitment for Summer 2019 volunteer positions on Wednesday May, 15th.

A variety of positions will be available at library branches for July – early September.  Choose from Summer Reading Assistant, Library Aide and more; or sign up for special one-day events held Saturdays and Sundays all season.

Minors must be at least 14 years old to volunteer; obtain parental consent; and possess valid working papers. Adults must complete a safety background check prior to start.

Register for a Volunteer Information Session on May 22nd, and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to volunteer with Queens Public Library.

QPL Volunteer Spotlight: Our GEM Award Winners!

Happy National Volunteer Week! For the second year, we have awarded our Go the Extra Mile Award to our volunteers who go above and beyond in their service and embody the Library’s mission “to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities.”

Learn more about this year’s recipients here —and thank you to all our QPL volunteers!

2019 G.E.M Volunteer Award Recipients: 

 ·         Yiding Yang: Poppenhusen

 ·         Matthew Kolbusz: NAP/ESOL at Broadway 

·         Fran Kipnis: Queens Memory

 ·         Ayoola Silvera: Outreach 

·         Lingling Huang: Queensboro Hill 

2019 G.E.M. Volunteer Award Honorable Mentions: 

·         Leon Isakov: CUNY Service

 ·         Mitchell Lewis: YALP

 ·         Vincent Haywood-Howell: Seaside  

Announcing dreamBIG Summer Internships

Queens Public Library introduces dreamBIG Summer Internships.  Starting this July, dreamBIG gives local residents the opportunity to gain an understanding of the non-profit sector; and demonstrate the inner-workings of a large scale public institution serving 2.3 million people across 70 locations in Queens.

This is an ideal opportunity for college and graduate students; working and retired professionals to strengthen and expand your skills and interests.

Internship projects vary from year to year but focus on projects within areas such as:

  • Community Outreach and Evaluation
  • Fundraising
  • Information Technology and Instruction
  • Market Research and Data Analysis
  • Web Design

You must be at least 21 years old to apply; possess a high school diploma or equivalent; and demonstrate skills or previous work experience related to each specific project area.

dreamBIG Summer Internships runs for five (5) weeks starting July 9, 2019 through August 9, 2019.


Live Support Hours Now Available

The Office of Volunteer Services offers live support hours to assist visitors with questions regarding community service opportunities with Queens Public Library.

Visit us online at volunteer.queenslibrary.org and click on “Chat” in the Green Box to speak with a staff member.  

We are available on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesdays – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Thursdays – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Fridays – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Email Us

You can also email us anytime at volunteer@queenslibrary.org.



My Pre-teen Needs to Volunteer…Now What?

A frequently asked question by parents is, “Why can’t my 13 year-old volunteer with Queens Library?”

The short answer is that New York State law prohibits individuals under the age of 14 from engaging in employment and volunteer-related activities (community service is viewed as a form of work).

However, many middle schools are now requiring students in 6-8th grade to complete community service. So, what can parents do to address this issue?

Community Service can be broadly defined as actions that benefit the public good. In this context, the ability to volunteer your time can take multiple forms that benefit others.

Here are a few suggestions:

Volunteer with your child – Many organizations (including the library) encourage adults to volunteer with their children for one day projects. Look for weekend projects and special events and inquire if you can bring your child to a day of service.

Create community drives – Recruit other parents, neighbors and friends to create a community drive to collect items (canned food, books, blankets, toys, etc.). Donate the collected items to a local pantry, shelter or library.

Write cards to veterans and seniors – Have your child write a series of greeting cards to brighten up the day of a veteran or senior. These cards are especially helpful during the holiday season or can be combined with a community drive and included along with collected items. Contact a local senior center, VFW group or Veterans Affairs office to inquire.

Check with your afterschool program – Some afterschool programs “employ” middle school students that attend sessions as unofficial helpers. Students may be tasked with helping setup activities, working with younger children to complete tasks or assisting with basic office/administrative duties. Be sure to speak with a coordinator to see if your child can lend a hand.