Volunteer

When you volunteer at Douglas County Libraries, you become an invaluable part of our team, helping us provide resources for learning and leisure to improve the lives of the people in our communities.

You also gain valuable skills, give back to your community, and meet people from diverse backgrounds in a pleasant environment. We value our volunteers’ contributions! Join us!
For more information on current availability, visit Volunteer Connect Douglas County or:

Opportunities for Adults

Help other adults learn and practice English and basic literacy, prepare for high school equivalency exams, or learn to use modern technology. Tutors personalize lessons to individual student needs. Some restrictions apply.
Shelve or repair materials, or help with clerical needs, Storytime/events, or stocking our used book stores.
Deliver library materials to the homes of qualified card holders who are unable to come to the library due to illness or disability.
Read aloud in child care centers, promoting early literacy and bringing the fun of Storytime to children who might not be able to come to the library. Some restrictions apply.
Help with event setup and tear-down, plus act as a greeter/usher or man an activity station.

Opportunities for Teens

A unique program that matches trained teen volunteers to struggling readers, grades 1-3. Buddies meet weekly for two months to read and enjoy literacy-based games.
TLC offers teens an ongoing opportunity to earn community service hours while planning library events for kids and teens, and helping shape library collections for young adults.
Volunteer for special events, birthday parties, library collection maintenance, administrative tasks and more.

Court-Ordered Volunteers

Douglas County residents ages 16 and up can perform court-ordered restitution for minor offenses with us. Tasks usually include shelving and cleaning. Some restrictions apply. Visit Volunteer Connect Douglas County to get started.
  • "Volunteering at the library was one of the best things I did for myself."
  • "I've loved volunteering at DCL! The library had such a wonderful impact on my childhood and it's been great to give back."
  • "Staff are just so appreciative and they let me know how much this really helps them."
  • "Everyone is so supportive and caring. It feels like a home away from home."

Results from our recent survey:

  • DCL volunteers highly recommend volunteering at DCL to others.
  • They feel welcome, valued, supported and appreciated.
  • The environment is fun, safe, stress-free and pleasant.
  • Volunteers give their time because they value the library, giving back to the community, helping others, and learning how the library functions.
  • Volunteers enjoy being recognized with Second Chapter Bookstore coupons, treats and goodies, and emails.
  • Volunteers want to stay in the know and make sure others are aware of our great services and programs. As a result, we will continue to ask your help to spread the word about all that we offer to our community!
  • Volunteers learn a variety of new skills at DCL, including: interacting with the community, teaching and tutoring, merchandising techniques, typing faster, how a library works, helping kids read, how to be a more effective reader, lesson planning for ESL students, people skills, how to be more social, being flexible, and identifying interesting books to read.

Questions or comments? We want to hear from you.

The President's Volunteer Service Service Award
Douglas County Libraries is a Certified Organization for the national and prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Service Enterprise Certified
DCL is proud to be Service Enterprise Certified, a designation that signifies our commitment to best practices for engaging volunteers. The national Service Enterprise Initiative, led by Points of Light, helps nonprofit organizations leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs.