Welcome! Your service hours will not only be making a contribution to a dynamic library system and growing community, but they could also be personally rewarding. The enthusiasm and creative ideas of our volunteers have been a great asset in maintaining our reputation of providing excellent public service.
Volunteers and interns work at a wide variety of jobs in the library system. We support the efforts of the volunteers with training and volunteer benefits. Please look through the following positions and contact us if you see one or more that appeal to you. Thank you for your interest in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Other volunteering opportunities around the area:
- GoodSkills Literacy Corps - through Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
- IdeaList.org - includes volunteer opportunities for kids and teens
- Peacework - based in Blacksburg, features volunteer opportunities around the world
- Rappahannock United Way - our local volunteer center
- Youth Volunteers (12-17 years old)
- Working as a computer tutor
- Working with books and other materials
- Working with the Friends of the Library
- Working in the Job Help Center
- Working in the Virginiana Room
If you are 12 - 17 and would like to volunteer at the library, please fill out our form and let us know which branch library is closest to you. You can also let us know if you are volunteering to fulfill a scouting, school, or church requirement. We routinely have waiting lists for the summer months. You might want to pursue one of the other volunteering opportunities above.
Working as a Computer Tutor
Computer literacy is almost as important as knowing how to read. If you would like to help teach members of our community basic computer skills such as how to create and use an email account, navigate the Web, complete an online job application, or use a word processing program, the library needs you!
Working with books and other materials
Library volunteers are needed to help shelve materials, search for requested items, and assist in maintaining an attractive and pleasant atmosphere in our branches. Volunteers also help at our service center Monday through Friday doing these things as well as helping to get materials ready for circulation and shipped out to our branches.
Volunteers must be fluent in English, be able to alphabetize, and put numbers from 0-9 in order. Work can require: bending over, stooping, or standing on a step stool; reaching above your head; using light cleaning solutions, and occasionally lifting 20-40 lbs. and/or pushing a book cart that could weigh up to 200 lbs.
Working with the Friends of the Library
The Friends are an organized network of library supporters who have been pivotal in the development of library services throughout the region. The Friends have energetically advocated to establish branch libraries and to increase local and state funding. The support of the Friends has resulted in vastly improved facilities, technology, staff development, and community programming. They are able to do this through a variety of fund-raising activities. They can use your help to assist with sorting and storing materials donated for the book sales, work at a book sale, or provide baked goods for book sale preview parties and other events.
Working in the Job Help Center
The Job Help Center, located at Howell Branch, is a partnership between the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Rappahannock Goodwill Industries to provide area residents with free job-related help. Volunteers will assist customers with creating resumes and cover letters, searching and applying for jobs, basic computer and keyboarding skills, and interviewing skills.
Working in the Virginiana Room
Our Virginiana Room, located at the Fredericksburg Branch, is a collection of local history and genealogical resources. Volunteers help the staff in the Research department by retrieving or filing materials, checking bibliographies against holdings, or helping customers locate materials and use equipment.
We can create internships for college students who wish to gain some employment experience for college credit. Students wishing to pursue an internship at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library should contact Tracy McPeck, (540) 372-1144, x7006, prior to the semester of their internships. The internship listed below is an example:
Librarianship: the intern will meet with departmental supervisors, shadow staff at desks and different departments, work on a special project or projects, and conduct research on issues in the field of librarianship.
If any of these volunteer activities are of interest to you, please contact us or apply online!