We Can't Do It Without Volunteers
Volunteers are essential to the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of library services. A volunteer’s contribution to the library system goes far beyond the actual work performed.
Volunteers enhance the services the library system provides to the public. By working together, volunteers and library staff accomplish great things.
What Volunteers Do in Our Libraries
There are many types of jobs that volunteers do in our libraries like:
- Helping the public use library computers, online catalog and check-out machines,
- Inspecting, sorting and shelving materials
- Supporting English language learning
- Assisting in other library activities and functions
- Adult Volunteer – materials handler – Tuesday and Thursday various hours
- Student Volunteer– materials handler – Tuesday and Thursday various hours
- Adult – Literacy Café Partners on Monday evenings (6-7:30 p.m.)
- Adult - Computer Instructor
- Adult English Café Partners on Tuesday evenings (6-7:30 p.m.)
- Adult Technology Guide on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays; various hours
- Adult English Café Partners on Wednesday mornings (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
- Student Volunteers
- English Café Partner on Thursday mornings (10:30 a.m.-Noon)
- Staff Support Aid - days and times vary
- Adult Technology Guides on Tuesdays from 3:30 t0 5:30 p.m. (January through May)
- Adult Volunteers – materials handler
- Student Volunteers – materials handler and youth services aid
- Adult English Café Partners on Friday mornings (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
- Student Volunteers
- Adult Greeter on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; various hours
- Adult Technology Guide on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; various hours
- Student Volunteers - Reading Buddies
Student Volunteers - How To Volunteer at a Lee County Library
Before filling out an application, please consider the following requirements and expectations of library volunteers.
- A commitment of an agreed upon schedule
- The ability to lift, bend, stretch, kneel, stand, twist, push full book carts and repeatedly handle and manipulate library materials
- The ability to interact courteously with library patrons and staff
- The ability to conform to the dress guidelines and code of conduct
Students: Submit your letter of recommendation to Catherine Vaughn
For additional information about becoming a volunteer or group volunteering, contact Catherine Vaughn at
Volunteer for The Community Conversations Project
The Community Conversations Project trains a group of volunteers to provide library programs for older adults in assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and adult day care centers. The project exposes elders to stimulating ideas and thoughtful discussion by offering monthly programs at each location.
Volunteers work in teams of two and are assigned to work with two to three facilities/programs. Activities might include:
- Book and short story discussions
- Readers’ Theater
- Reminiscence-based activities to uncover and share memories
- Oral history activities based on the StoryCorps model
- Adult Storytelling
- Multisensory activities using music, pictures and objects to touch, smell and taste
More details and Introduction to the Community Conversations Project (.pdf)
Community Conversations Apply Now >
For additional information about becoming a Community Conversations volunteer, contact project coordinator Kathy Mayo at
The Lee County Library System has a limited number of volunteer positions. Thanks to the generosity of our community, there are times when we cannot accommodate all applications submitted.
In addition, we are unable to accept applicants from outside the United States due to restrictions set by the national organization conducting the background checks. We apologize for this inconvenience.