Volunteering requires enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to help others.
Each year, close to 400 dedicated volunteers contribute over 10,000 volunteer hours. Some of the activities adult volunteers participate in include:
- Book club facilitator
- Chess club facilitator
- Conversation group leader (English as a Second Language (ESL)/French as a Second Language (FSL))
- Knitting group facilitator
- Homebound book delivery
- Newcomer groups
- Basic branch tasks such as shelf reading
To volunteer, submit your application through the Better Impact volunteer database. When a volunteer opportunity becomes available, you will be contacted by the branch and invited to an interview. A Police Vulnerable Sector Check may be required for some volunteer activities.
Teens can complete 40 hours of the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement for community involvement at the Library in a variety of ways. You must be at least 14 years old and have parent/guardian permission. Please submit an application through the Better Impact volunteer database.
Teens who volunteer at OPL may be assigned the following type of work:
- Helping staff with Children’s and Teen’s programs
- Preparing craft materials and program supplies
- Designing and maintaining displays
- Helping with programs for Seniors
- Assisting with Wii games
- Preparing kits for outreach events
- Participation in a Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
For more information about volunteering at OPL, please contact libraryvolunteers@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.