Want to give back, learn new skills or get community work experience? Check out our teen, adult and senior volunteer opportunities! Email us at volunteer@yourlibrary.ca with any questions or inquiries.

Please note that book shelving, sorting, and check-ins/check-outs are staff responsibilities, and volunteers are unable to assist in these roles. Please contact the Friends of the Library if you are interested in volunteering to help with book sales and library advocacy opportunities

Tech Buddies Volunteers (open to volunteers who are 50+)
Various days, times, and locations

Provide hands-on help with technology learning to seniors at various community centres and seniors’ facilities in Richmond. Volunteers should be 50+, tech-savvy and comfortable teaching technology basics on phones, tablets, or laptops. Additional languages are an asset.

English Corner Program Assistants
Fridays 10:00am – 12:00pm at Brighouse
Assist with facilitating group discussions and conversations among newcomers who are learning English, and provide help to the program host with set up, take down, and other program duties. Friendly personality and strong English skills required.

Friendship Corner Program Assistants
Sundays 10:00am – 12:00pm at Brighouse

Share conversation with newcomers who are learning English and help them find community resources. Friendly personality, knowledge of Richmond, previous teaching/instructing experience and strong English language skills required.

Library Art Team
Various days and times at Brighouse
This opportunity is currently full

Work in a team to make seasonal, thematic displays for all library branches. Paper crafting experience is an asset.

Chess Club for Kids
Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brighouse | 4:00-5:00pm at Cambie
This opportunity is currently full
Work with community presenters to assist children in grades 1-7 with chess learning programs. Intermediate chess skills required.

Code Club for Kids
Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00pm at Brighouse
This opportunity is currently full
Assist and empower preteens learning to code on Scratch, Python, Raspberry Pi, and more in a self-motivated learning environment.

Le Club Français
Tuesdays 4:00 – 4:45pm at Brighouse
Help lead one-on-one French reading practice with children in grades 1-3. Reading and communication skills at secondary level French required.

Minecraft Club
Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brighouse
This opportunity is currently full

Inspire children's creativity by facilitating Minecraft games. Experience with Minecraft required.

Read to a Dog
Now recruiting for Spring 2020
Provide one-on-one help to children in grades 1-3 as they take turns reading to a trained therapy dog. This program is designed for reluctant readers and children lacking confidence. Must love dogs! Reading and communication skills at a secondary level required.

Reading Buddies
Thursdays 4:00 – 4:45pm at Brighouse
Lead one-on-one reading sessions with children in grades 1-3. Reading and communication skills at secondary school level required.

SketchUp Makers
Sundays 10:30 – 12:00pm at Brighouse
This opportunity is currently full
Empower students who are interested in learning 3D modelling with SketchUp Makers. Familiarity with SketchUp is an asset.

Teen Ambassadors
Last Tuesday of every month, 5:30-6:30pm at Brighouse
Meet once a month for an hour to assist staff with teen programs and collection recommendations. Practice your public speaking skills by providing book talks or facilitating programs and work with other teens to plan teen-led programs.

Our Volunteer Requirements

You must:

  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Be able to attend an interview
  • Provide us with 2 references
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Be available for 3 months of volunteer service within a calendar year

Other Ways to Get Involved

Be a Library Champion

The NewToBC Library Champions Project is looking for newcomers who are:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • A permanent resident, but not yet a Canadian citizen
  • Enthusiastic about libraries
  • Interested in volunteering in the community to share information about library and settlement resources with other newcomers

» Click here if you want to know more about being a Library Champion.

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