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Home > Your Library > Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

In 2013, the Library benefited from 369 volunteers contributing a total of 20,698 hours, the equivalent of nearly ten full-time employees. That includes 5,808 hours of assistance from 196 teen volunteers.

In all, volunteers were responsible for an economic impact of $432,174, contributing toward the Library's $4.39 value for each $1 of support from the City of Wichita's 2012 General Fund. This makes a huge impact on the quality of service the Library is able to provide!

To be considered for a volunteer opportunity, please complete the Volunteer Application Form. The completed form may be returned to any Library location, mailed to 223 S. Main St., Wichita, KS 67202 or scanned and emailed to If you have questions, please call 261-8500.

Wichita Public Library

Central Library, 223 S. Main

Art, Music & Video
Help with shelving audiovisual media and some books

Book a Librarian Volunteer
Computer tutors are needed to help customers one-on-one with a variety of issues, such as:

  • Basic computer instruction (using a mouse, searching on Google or Bing, managing documents and folders)
  • Setting up a free online email account on sites like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail
  • Applying for jobs online
  • Using Microsoft Office programs (Word or Excel primarily)
  • Formatting a résumé
  • Downloading e-books
  • Using e-readers, smart phones, tablet computers, or iPads

Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Skills: Need to be customer service-oriented and have knowledge of computer programs.

Circulation Volunteer Clerk

  • Filing registration and contact change cards
  • Unpacking, checking in and sensitizing deliveries
  • Packing interlibrary loan shipments

Hours: Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Genealogy: Desk Volunteer
Work on the Genealogy Desk includes answering genealogical and local history research questions, answering the phone, demonstrating the use of the microfilm machines and book copier, retrieving items from the Local History Workroom, and instructing customers in the use of the Library Catalog, the Internet and electronic databases. Can involve working alone in the Section.
Hours: 2-4 hours per day on a weekly basis
Skills: Good research and speaking skills. Ability to work microfilm machines. Ability to use the library catalog, the internet and electronic databases. Ability to handle books, some weighing several pounds.

General Reference
Help with pulling holds
Hours: Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

General Reference: Computer Volunteer
The duties include assisting the customers with the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. Also be able to assist customers to save files, apply for jobs online, sending files, etc.
Hours: Daytime hours and/or weekend hours
Skills: Need to be customer service-oriented and have knowledge of computer programs.

Information Desk
Description: Answer general questions (will receive training)
Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. (shorter shift may be available)

Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Description: Help unpack deliveries; process and shelve holds
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Description: Help unpack deliveries; process and shelve holds

Hours: Wednesdays, approximately 1 – 4 p.m.


Outreach Services

Outreach Assistant

Description: The outreach assistant’s job is to assist the outreach librarian with programs conducted in the community, primarily with children ages 2-12 years. While some job duties are consistent throughout the year, seasonal projects typically determine the duties that need to be done. Most assistants will be working under the direct guidance of the outreach librarian. Assistants with sufficient experience, education, skill, and confidence may conduct programs independently.

· In the summer, most outreach is focused on school age children attending camps or child care programs, such as those operated by the City of Wichita Parks and Recreation Department and the Wichita Public Schools. Duties include:

o Signing children up for the summer reading program at their location, such as camp or child care

o Returning to check reading records and award prizes

o Conducting activities at area camps and child care programs that are developmentally appropriate, hands-on experiences, based on a book or the summer reading theme

o Promoting the library anywhere families and children gather, such as the sites that offer free lunch in the summer.

· During the school year, most outreach is focused on children ages 2-6 years.

o Checking out age-appropriate books for outreach patrons, based on their requested themes, titles, or authors.

o Delivering, picking up, and checking in books from outreach patrons.

o Conducting interactive and engaging preschool storytimes

· Seasonal projects, such as:

o Young Artists’ Exhibit in April

o Summer Reading Promotion in late April and early May

o Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week in November

o Special project work as needed

Skills/Abilities Needed: The assistant needs to have a reliable source of transportation, and be able to adapt to various work environments. The environment is typically full of active and talkative children, sometimes up to 50 participants in the program. The assistant needs to be a quick learner that can take direction well, and be extremely flexible. He/she needs to be able to warmly and confidently lead, guide, support, and engage groups of children of varying ages.

Hours: Hours vary depending on the duties performed. Most hours will fall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Help is needed on Monday afternoons in the summer with the school age camps. Preschool storytimes are usually in the mornings. Books for outreach patrons can be pulled and returned at any time.

Friends of the Wichita Public Library

Used Bookstore (in Central Library)

Desk Workers
Description: The duties include counting money, working the desk for a 3.5-hour shift. The volunteer is responsible for helping the public when they are paying for their items. The volunteer is mainly sitting for the shift. The volunteers also help out by straightening the shelves.
Hours: 1st Friday of each month, 1:30 – 5 p.m.; every other Saturday, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Skills: Need to be able to handle and count money, and handle books.

Substitute Desk Workers
Description: The duties are the same for the Desk Worker but instead of a regular schedule substitutes are called on an on-call basis. If a permanent volunteer is absent for any reason a substitute is called in. You can decline when called if you are unable to help on the day and time you are called.
Hours: Monday evenings 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; weekends and afternoons
Skills: Need to be able to handle and count money, and handle books.

Used Book Sale

The Friends hold special sales throughout the year. Responsibilities may include helping customers, sorting and stacking books, and event set up and tear down.

Last update: 9/30/2014
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