Volunteer at OPL

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
  • Gardening
  • 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.

Teen Volunteers

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.