Volunteering at WRL

The Williamsburg Regional Library is looking for a few good volunteers. If you are interested in a great place to spend several hours a week, give us a try. The library has two locations. The Williamsburg branch is in the middle of the city, bordered by Scotland, North Boundary, and Armistead streets. The James City County Library is located in Norge at 7770 Croaker Road. Both libraries can use your help. Pick up a volunteer application at any public service desk in either library and volunteer.

Read the WRL Volunteer Policy and Procedure Statement and submit an application on-line or download the application.

IMPORTANT: Youth Service teen summer volunteer applications are available in May.  Click here for more information about the Summer Reading volunteer program

Volunteers are needed currently for the following position(s):

  • The Williamsburg Regional Library is seeking volunteers with computer and teaching skills to help visitors using library computers and to teach basic computer classes.  For more information scroll down to Adult Services Division Computer Assistants and click on "Computer Help Volunteer" or "Computer Class Instructor Volunteer."  Interested applicants should complete the library's volunteer application available on-line or at a public service desk.
  • The Williamsburg Regional Library is seeking volunteers to enter data to digitize obituaries from the Virginia Gazette, making them accessible online.  For more information scroll down to Adult Services Division  and click on "VA Gazette Obituary Database Volunteer."  Interested applicants should complete the library's volunteer application available on-line or at a public service desk.
  • The Williamsburg Regional Library is seeking high school and college students to create and present a 20-30 minute “Short Talk” program. Students develop and deliver a “Short Talk” program based on their interests and topics that might appeal to a senior audience.  Student volunteers work with the MLS Manager to develop and present their “Short Talk.”   Students deliver their presentation at all adult care center sites WRL serves during the month and on the library’s presentation schedule. 


Great Reasons to Volunteer at the Library
(volunteer and you’ll discover more)

Work with a diverse, friendly and fun staff

Join the Fifty-Hour Club


Help keep the library a great resource for the community

 Here are examples of some divisions needs for volunteers
*not all positions are currently available

The Adult Services (Reference) division seeks volunteers to help perform a variety of clerical and shelving jobs. If you enjoy working with the public, the library rover program might be a good fit for you.
General Adult Services Volunteer
VA Gazette Obituary Database Volunteer

Experienced using the World Wide Web? Good with word processing? We need volunteers to help answer basic patron questions about using the Internet and in word processing.
Computer Help Volunteer
Computer Class Instructor Volunteer

There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers at both library locations. Volunteers are needed at the Williamsburg Library to act as shelf readers. A person can "adopt" a section of books and keep it in good order with once-a-week checking and straightening. Library Rovers are always welcome as well. If you are good at organizing and detail oriented Circulation Services needs volunteers who can help put books on shelves.
Adopt-a-Shelf Volunteer
Shelving Volunteer

Outreach Services coordinates programs for adults and children outside of the Library. The division includes Mobile Library Services vehicles, as well as the Homebound program.
Adult Outreach Volunteer
Student "Short Talk" Presenter Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to review library video and audio tapes with reported problems. We also are interested in a ticket taker and music sales volunteer.
Program Services Materials Reviewing Volunteer
Program Services Ticket Taker/Music Sales Volunteer

All Technical Services activities take place at the James City County facility. Technical Services orders, receives, catalogs, and processes materials for the entire Williamsburg Regional Library system. Volunteers are needed to assist with receiving and to prepare books and audiovisual materials for the shelves.
Materials Processing Volunteer
Materials Receiving Volunteer

There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers in Youth Services. If you like kids, this may be for you. If you are interested in visiting children in area schools (once or twice a year) then you should definitely volunteer with Youth Services. Be advised that Youth Services also has many more opportunities (at both libraries) that are not kid "intensive," so if you are interested in the arcane science of libraries, check us out. Be sure to check out the Summer Reading volunteer page also.
Youth Services Volunteer

Also volunteer with Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.  Our Friends group uses volunteers in supporting the library.  Friends volunteers provide hours of help with the Book Nooks and the Annual Book Sale.
Book Nook Volunteer