Volunteers help keep the library a great resource for the community. If you are looking for a great place to spend several hours a week, give WRL a try. The library has two locations where you can volunteer. Review the available volunteer positions listed below, read the WRL Volunteer Policy, and then submit an application online or download an application and return it to a public service desk at any library location.

The Friend of WRL are seeking Book Nook sorter volunteers to help at the Williamsburg Library. See the position description below for details.

IMPORTANT: If you are volunteering to fulfill a class or honor society requirement (e.g. you need only 10 to 15 hours), please see the Class Requirement/Honor Society Volunteer Position Description.

Volunteer Fifty Hours and join the club! Find out more about the Fifty-Hour Club


Click the (+) below to see volunteer positions that are currently available at the Williamsburg Regional Library by library area.  When completing a volunteer application, you must reference the available position(s) for which you are applying.

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation is an organization dedicated to making the library a better place for users.  Sorter volunteers provide hours of help with the Book Nooks and other book sales.  Some positions will be for substitute sorters who can “fill in” as needed (a weekly commitment is not required).  Volunteers must be Friends members.
Book Nook Sorter Volunteer

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

WRL’s teen volunteer group currently meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Stryker Center. Our group for the summer is full; applications for the fall will be considered in August. This volunteer group is for ages 13-18 only. Contribute to your library and earn volunteer hours! For more information, see the TAG summer 2021 brochure or contact teens@wrl.org.

TAG Volunteer Description

Adult services is looking for computer assistants and Short Talk presenters.  Computer volunteers help library users with basic computer problems.  Instructors teach classes on various computer topics.  Short Talk volunteers are dedicated students who want to share their knowledge on a specific topic.
Computer Help Volunteer
Computer Class Instructor Volunteer (Not available until September 2021)
Student “Short Talk” Presenter Volunteer

The Circulation Services division is responsible for the library’s check-out, check-in, and shelving operations. Circulation Services is looking for volunteers to maintain the appearance of the shelves by shelf-reading and help with shelving materials on an as needed basis.  Limited to 15 positions – 10 at Williamsburg Library and 5 at James City County Library. Availability of positions is limited at this time. Circulation Services volunteers will shelf read to maintain shelf order and adjust collections as needed to relieve overcrowding of material. Volunteers will have access to the Circulation Services’ shelf reading log to determine what sections of the collection need shelf maintenance. To ensure accuracy of the shelves, volunteers will also use a RFID wand to scan the shelves and find misshelved, missing or other problem items on the shelves. On an as needed basis, volunteers may be asked to sort and shelve material. Schedules are flexible and allow for volunteers to decide their availability.

Circulation Services Volunteer

The Technical Services division is responsible receiving, processing, and cataloging all materials added to the library collection.  Technical services staff make sure items and information in the catalog is accurate and items are easy to find. All materials are processed at the James City County Library.

Materials Processing Volunteer

The Youth Services division provides collections, programming, and reference and reader’s advisory services for the youngest children learning to read and older children reading to learn. Programming includes author visits and entertainment that is both enjoyable and educational. The Youth Services division serves children of all ages. Youth Services welcomes volunteers who have completed 7th grade and older, however, in 2021 volunteers for the teen summer volunteer program will be drawn exclusively from participants of the Teen Advisory Group.
Teen Puppeteer Volunteer (no positions currently open)

Friends volunteers