Volunteering at the Library

Please note: due to COVID-19, our building is temporarily closed to the public. Some information below may not apply at this time.

Adult Volunteers

An outstanding public library is essential to a community’s life, and an outstanding public library is fueled by dedicated volunteers. Volunteering at the library helps your community and can fulfill college or court-appointed service hours. Opportunities for volunteering include:

Friendly Visitor Program: Bring books and other library materials to homebound library users. Applicants are subject to a background check.
Book Buddies: Read to children at local childcare centers and preschools. Book Buddies are required to be at least 18 years old, to visit their site at least once a month, and to complete a special training session in addition to the regular volunteer orientation. Applicants are subject to a background check.
Technical Services: Help with item processing and discarding, book repair and preservation, and other projects.
Reference Services: Work on collection development and maintenance, help create promotional materials, assist with outreach at community events, and help digitize the Tennessee Room collection.
Special Events: Help at library events like the Summer Reading Program.

Other service opportunities may be available based on the library’s need and the volunteer’s interest, skill level, and previous experience. For information on current volunteer opportunities, call 423-434-4362, apply online, or download a volunteer application to print and turn in at the library’s second floor Administration Office.

Teen Volunteers

Johnson City Public Library has a variety of volunteer options for teens ages 12-18. You can fulfill your service requirement and boost your resumé while also working with your schedule and interests. You will learn new skills, make your library and community better, and meet other teenagers from the greater Johnson City area.

Volunteer opportunities include working in different library departments, such as Youth Services, Adult Services, and Technical Services. If your interests are more with teen programming, you can join our Teen Advisory Board, participate in Stories to Service, or help in the library’s pollinator garden. For more specifics on each opportunity, download the teen volunteer brochure or call 423-434-4349.

Pick up a teen volunteer application at the Information Desk on the library’s second floor or download a copy. Return the completed application to the Information Desk or email Katelyn Wolfe. A teen librarian will contact you to set up a meeting to help determine your volunteer interests and schedule.