Want to give back, learn new skills or get community work experience?
Check out our teen, adult and senior volunteer opportunities.
We value diversity and inclusion, so join in!
Email us at volunteer@yourlibrary.ca.

Tech Buddies Volunteer (open to volunteers who are 50+)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - times vary
Tech Buddies volunteers provide hands-on help with technology learning to seniors at various seniors’ facilities in Richmond. Volunteers should be tech-savvy and comfortable teaching technology basics on phones, tablets, or laptops. Additional languages are an asset.

Everyday English – Explore Pronunciator Assistant
Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Working with RPL staff, volunteers will assist newcomers with beginner level of English learn how to use library online language resource. Strong computer skills and either Mandarin or Cantonese is required.

English Corner Program Assistants
Fridays 10 am – 12 pm
Volunteers will take on a leadership role and assist the program facilitator with conversations, interact with the group, lead small discussions, and provide assistance to the program host with set up, take down, and other duties to help the program flow.

Friendship Corner Program Assistants
Sundays 10 am – 12 pm
Share conversation with newcomers who are learning English and help them find community resources. Friendly personality, knowledge of Richmond and strong English skills required.

Home Delivery Volunteer Driver
Volunteer Drivers visit individuals who are unable to come to the library in person and deliver library materials to them as part of the library’s Home Services. As a Volunteer Driver, you will help individuals stay engaged and connected to library materials and services. A valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle are required.

Library Art Team Volunteers
Working collaboratively with library staff and other team members, volunteers will create quality visual displays at Richmond Public Library branches for the library’s programs, events, and services, and help make our library branches look warm and welcoming to diverse members of our community. This opportunity is now full.

Chess Club for Kids
Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brighouse and 4:00-5pm at Cambie
Working with community presenters assisting children in grades 1-7 at chess learning programs. Intermediate chess skills required.

Event Assistant
Working with RPL staff and/or community presenters, volunteers will help at mid to large scale events at the library by being an event greeter, crowd control, handing out programs, and collecting evaluation forms. No previous experience required.

Code Club for Kids
Wednesdays 3:30 – 5pm at Brighouse
Volunteers will assist preteens in coding on either Scratch, Python, our Raspberry Pis, or more. This is an opportunity to test your leadership skills as you empower children in our self-motivated learning environment.

Le Club Français
Tuesdays 4:00 – 4:45pm at Brighouse
One-on-one French reading practice with children in grades 1-3. Reading and communication skills at secondary level French required.
7 week sessions in the Winter, Spring and Fall

Minecraft Club
Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brighouse
Will inspire children's creativity by playing Minecraft and sharing knowledge. Experience with Minecraft required.

Program Assistant - Child
Working with RPL staff or community presenters, volunteers will help children to learn, create, and connect with each other.

Reading Buddies
Thursdays 4:00 – 4:45pm at Brighouse at Brighouse
One-on-one reading with children in grades 1-3. Reading and communication skills at secondary school level required.
7 week sessions in the Winter, Spring and Fall

SketchUp Makers
Sundays 11:00 – 12pm at Brighouse
Empower students interested in learning 3D modelling with SketchUp Makers. Familiarity with SketchUp preferred, but will train the right volunteers.

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.

The Library thanks
Richmond Cares Richmond Gives
The City of Richmond