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.

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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.

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 after training can “fill in” as needed (a weekly commitment is not required).  Volunteers must be Friends members.

Book Nook Sorter Volunteer (Positions available only at James City County Library)

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

WRL’s teen volunteer group meets regularly to share ideas for teen materials and services and to assist with a variety of tasks. New member applications will be reviewed again in December for January 2022 participation, which will include a required orientation. For more information, see the position description below or contact; to apply click the application link at the top of the page.

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 – volunteer positions are only available at the James City County Library. 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 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. Volunteers who enjoy an active, exuberant environment may wish to help in the  Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio.

Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio Volunteer
Teen Puppeteer Volunteer (no positions currently available)

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