Due to the current health situation, WRL is accepting only limited in-person volunteers. Teen Advisory Group (TAG) applications will be available and accepted from May 1 to 31, 2021. Attendance at one of two virtual orientations will be required for new TAG volunteers starting in June.

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.

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.

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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.

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
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 help maintain the order and appearance of the shelves by shelf reading and ensuring that library materials are in the proper order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Schedules are flexible and allow for volunteers to decide their availability.

Adopt-a-shelf Volunteer

Adopt-A-Shelf Availability By Library Location

Williamsburg Library James City County Library
Graphic Novels New Books
Nonfiction (select areas) Graphic Novels
Large Print
Nonfiction (select areas)
Young Adult New Books
Young Adult Audiobooks

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

The Teen Advisory Group will meet this summer at the Williamsburg Library the first and third Wednesdays of the month, with additional opportunities to TAG volunteers on the first and third Sundays of the summer months and opportunities to assist at library events. Applications will be accepted for TAG volunteers from May 1 through May 31 for new TAG volunteers who will start in June. After the May window, applications for new members will be accepted again in September for the Fall. Contribute to your library and earn volunteer hours! This volunteer group is for ages 13-18 only. For more information, contact teens@wrl.org.

TAG Volunteer Description

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. Due to the pandemic, the teen summer volunteer program will not be taking place this year.
Teen Puppeteer Volunteer (no positions currently open)

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

Friends volunteers