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Volunteers wanted! /

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Do you love your neighborhood library? Are you active in your community? Do you love to help others and connect with new people?


Join our Volunteer Community Ambassadors team! NYPL is looking for Spanish-speaking adult volunteers near these libraries to connect with our immigrant communities:


Bronx: Castle Hill, Clason’s Point, Jerome Park

Manhattan: Aguilar, Seward Park, Washington Heights

Staten Island: Port Richmond


Help connect people in your community, friends, and families with our libraries and their free and essential services. As a Community Ambassador, you will work closely with staff from one Library helping us connect primarily with Hispanic families. Ambassador activities include:


  • Going out into the community to share information about Library resources twice a month

  • Visiting with community leaders

  • Distributing library promotional material to local community groups

  • Providing monthly information sessions/library tours



  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish (written/spoken) with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Availability of approximately 4 hours per week, with preferred commitment of one year. Must be flexible, available on some weekends.

  • Enthusiasm for being a role model with a friendly and approachable manner and ability to get along with diverse groups of people.




  • Attend Volunteer Recognition Day at the beautiful Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

  • Celebrate the holiday season with a guest at our annual Holiday Open House

  • Receive a 20% discount in the Library Shop

  • Invitations to lectures and free tickets to off-Broadway shows


Visit us online to apply!

Tell us why you’d like to become an Ambassador and describe any skills/experience that would prove useful in working with immigrants. Training will be provided.




  • Event Volunteers (age 21+)  are needed in the Bronx and Manhattan to assist at various locations throughout the year at events such as Summer Reading Parties, Author Lectures, Musical Performances and more. All event volunteers must go through Child Safety Training (even if you only work at adult events). Hours are flexible but are mostly afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. Please apply here.
  • Morris Park Library needs Arabic-speaking volunteers to act as Homework Helpers for kids ages 5 - 12, after school weekdays.  Please apply here.
  • Mariner's Harbor Library needs Spanish-speaking and Urdu-speaking volunteers to act as Homework Helpers on Monday through Thursdays, 5pm - 6pm.  Please apply here.
  • Jerome Park Library needs volunteers to act as Homework Helpers, 3 - 5pm, Monday through Thursday.  Please apply here.
  • Riverside Library needs a volunteer to teach knitting or crochet on Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon. Please apply here.
  • Wakefield Library needs volunteers to teach crochet and volunteers to help with shelving books. Please apply here.
  • Baychester Library needs a volunteer to teach knitting to seniors. Please apply here.
  •  Hunts Point, Seward Park, and Mott Haven:  Chess tutors are needed for kids and teens on Saturdays. Must be able to commit for at least 6 months.   Please apply here.
  • George Bruce:   Chess tutors are needed for kids and teens for Monday through Thursday.   Must be able to commit for at least 6 months.   Please apply here.
  • Bloomingdale Library would like to host a Beginner Spanish Conversation class one time per week on Saturdays; needs a volunteer to lead the group.  Please apply here.

Community Oral History Projects

The New York Public Library's Community Oral History Project is an initiative taking place throughout the NYPL system that aims to document, celebrate, and make accessible the rich history of the city's unique neighborhoods by collecting the stories of people who have experienced it firsthand.

As the project moves into spring 2017, we're looking for volunteers to help us out with the following tasks:

Share stories and/or conduct interviews: Until May 2017, we'll be documenting stories in Kips Bay and Murray Hill and the Lower East Side. We're looking for volunteers to share stories and conduct interviews with friends, family, and neighbors. 

Make our collection accessible: Volunteers are needed to work from home and help us summarize and add keywords to the growing collection of interviews.

Interested in any of the above? Please apply here.

Online Volunteers

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! No need to fill out an application. Get started immediately by following the links below.

  • Emigrant City - Help transcribe 19th and 20th century real estate records.
  • Map Warper - Help transform historical street maps into an interactive digital atlas.

Get Involved

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Online Application

If you prefer a paper application and 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.

You may also email your application to

Please apply only  for a library that is mentioned in any of the current opportunities. Please apply if you are able to make a once a week commitment for at least six months. Please apply only if you are at least 14 years of age.

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 only apply for positions that are listed.