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Volunteers are needed for various duties such as helping with shelving at our Throg's Neck library in the Bronx, and at our Aguilar and New Amsterdam libraries in Manhattan.  Please respond with the name of the library that you prefer in the subject line to Please include a volunteer application and a cover letter. Link to applications is at the bottom of this page.



NYPL BridgeUp is one of the New York Public Library's newest initiative to support NYC youth.  NYPL BridgeUp aspires to build a supportive network of students from underserved communities through developing cohorts of high school graduates who are prepared to thrive in college and career. To accomplish this, the Program is creating a network of safe spaces within local branches, in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, that allow students to come together to develop their individual passions and creativity, while helping them succeed both academically and socially.  A major part of this initiative is providing students with daily access to homework help and tutoring services that will strengthen their academic skills.

Program Schedule: January 2014 through June 2014,: Monday-Thursday: 3:15pm-6:15pm; Friday: 3:15pm-5pm
Students will be selected from the 8th grade, and remain a cohort through the 12th grade.

In its first year, NYPL BridgeUp will serve as the primary OST base for 50 students (10 students in each of five sites) whose academic potential and social development have been limited due to a lack of resources, opportunities, and/or guidance.
During program hours, students will receive homework help, tutoring services, guided time for group creative work, and life/study/college prep skills groups.

NYPL BridgeUp is looking for volunteers who can commit to providing at least 4 hours a week for the duration of the program schedule (cited above) in one of five community branches. We currently have openings at two locations -  Belmont, and Allerton. Belmont could use help with literacy skills on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:45pm to 5:15pm and Allerton needs a tutor to help  two students with homework on Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from 3:15pm - 5:15pm.
Volunteers will assist BridgeUp staff with:
● Daily program activities (i.e., charging laptops, making copies, organizing supplies, serving snacks to students, and putting away materials)
● Providing homework help
We are looking for volunteers who have an interest in youth development and knowledge of NYC DOE  curriculum and college prep activities.  Please respond with Bridge Up in the subject line to Please include a resume. 


Collaborate with NYPL to build the library of the future!  We're doing this with the help of volunteers.  We're exploring new and fun ways of improving access to rare and unique collections online. These are projects you can work on anytime, anywhere with an internet connection. We have two active initiatives now. More are on the way!

What's on the Menu?- Help transcribe our famous restaurant menu collection to make it more searchable.

Map Warper - Help transform historical street maps into an interactive digital atlas.


Getting Involved

If you are interested in any of the above please fill out an application and mail to: New York Public Library, Volunteer Office, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue, room 67 - VOL, New York, NY 10018.

Please do not apply for a library that is not mentioned in any of the current opportunities.  Please do not apply if you are unable to make a once a week commitment for at least six months.

Teens wanting to volunteer or their parents may enjoy reading the following article, "Kids and Community Service".

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to all. If your qualifications match with our current needs, we will contact you. Please do not apply for positions that are not listed. 


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