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Volunteer at the Lexington Public Library

The Lexington Public Library welcomes your time and talents! There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, and we will accommodate your preferences for location and hours as much as possible.

The Lexington Public Library is currently accepting applications for volunteers for Book Buddies and Homework Help at the Village Branch. To get started, check out the descriptions and links to apply below. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you have questions or need help completing your application.


Where Can I Volunteer?

Current volunteer opportunities are below.


How Can I Volunteer?

Available opportunities include:

Book BuddiesBook Buddies is a free home delivery service for permanently homebound adults. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with a patron and deliver books on a regular basis. This is a longer-term volunteer commitment for adults over age 21. Click here to apply

Homework Help at Village Branch: Students in grades K-12 can work with volunteers on a variety of enrichment activities including homework & school project help, one-on-one reading, arts and crafts, or games. Volunteers need positivity, a love of children, flexibility, and the ability to serve. The suggested time commitment is one shift a week, for at least 4 weeks. Village Branch is the only location offering the Homework Help Program. Click here to apply.


Share Your Skills!

Do you have specialized skills, like knitting, 3-D printing, resume and job seeking, banking and financial literacy, and so much more that you want to share with library programs? Or does your business/ company want you to be engaged in community service? Click here to submit a volunteer opportunity request.


 General Volunteer Information

What to Consider Before Applying:

  • How much time do you want to commit to a volunteer role?
  • What experience do you have that would prepare you for your volunteer job?
  • What are you looking for in your volunteer experience?

What You Should Have:

  • A commitment to your volunteer role
  • A positive attitude
  • A desire to support and extend library services


Volunteer FAQs

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old. Parent/guardian permission is required for any volunteers aged 14-17. Certain roles for volunteers aged 14-17 may require an adult chaperone to volunteer with them.​

What is the volunteer application process?

In order to begin volunteering with the Lexington Public Library, you will need to:

  • Complete a volunteer application (A parent/guardian must electronically sign the application if the volunteer is under the age of 18.)
  • Complete and pass a criminal background check (if 18 or older)
  • Complete a screening either in person or on the phone with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Complete a volunteer orientation
  • Be placed in a volunteer role
  • Complete ‘on the job’ or in advance training, depending on the volunteer role

What will I get from this volunteer experience?

  • Opportunities to share your talents and develop new skills
  • Chances to socialize, make new friends, and develop networking contacts
  • Experience you can put on your college, job, or scholarship application
  • The opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to your community
  • Satisfaction and pride in your work, knowing that the library is able to expand support for daily tasks and special projects while enhancing customer experiences because of you

Do you provide volunteering opportunities for court-ordered community service?

The Lexington Public Library does not offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service.

What is my time commitment to volunteering with the library?

Volunteer roles have varying time commitments. Many roles require a longer term commitment, for several months or even a year. Other roles, especially for teens, may require less of a time commitment. Volunteers are expected to fulfil their time commitment to Lexington Public Library as it is agreed upon at the time of acceptance and scheduling.


How Else Can I Volunteer?

Friends Of The Library

The Friends of the Library operate a bookstore – Friends
Book Cellar
– in the lower level of the Central Library. Money raised by selling books and gifts supports new and ongoing Library programs and services. Help is needed with sorting, shelving, and selling books. Call 859-231-5505 for more information. Click here to apply.