Volunteer at Arapahoe Libraries

Volunteers make a remarkable contribution to Arapahoe Libraries. In 2017 alone, volunteers donated 30,564 hours of service to Arapahoe Libraries. Each volunteer brings a unique skill set, life experience and personality, allowing us to achieve far more than we could on our own.

Adults and teens (grade 7 and up) are welcome to participate in the volunteer program. We depend on volunteers to teach computer classes, help with early childhood literacy programs, work with the Friends, shelve library materials, assist with the Summer Reading Program and so much more.

How to Apply

Adults: Volunteer opportunities fluctuate throughout the year. For adult positions, please review our current opportunities and complete the corresponding application.

Teens (Grade 7 and up): Please complete the online teen application. After your application is received, you will be contacted about the volunteer opportunities available in the library of your choice.

Have more questions? Please contact the volunteer coordinator by email or call 303-792-8960.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Arpita

Where do you volunteer? What do you do?
I volunteer at the Arapahoe Libraries Support Services and also at the Used Bookstore in the Koelbel Library.

I volunteer in two departments at the Support Services, one is the Programming department and the other is the LMS department (Library Material Services). At the Programming department, I volunteer in various art and craft projects and the Programs they organize. In the LMS department, I am involved in several library services. I volunteer as a cashier at the Koelbel Used Bookstore and also at the book sales happening at several library branches.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I am with the Library for about 1 year and 10 months now.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
I love to know how the library operates. I look forward to learning new things especially technologies, volunteering at the book sales and interacting with the staff members, other volunteers and patrons of the library.

Why do you love volunteering?
I am happy to learn how to do new and creative things. I feel fortunate to get so much care, affection and appreciation from the great people I have come to know during my volunteering and it gives me great pleasure to spend quality time with them.

Do you have a fun story from when you have volunteered?
While volunteering at a new project in the LMS department I came across a kit where I couldn't match the name of the books inside with the names printed outside the kit. I asked the department what to do about this, thinking that this kit needed to be handled in a different way. I was surprised to know it was a mistake and the print outside the kit needed to be changed. I was then appreciated for my observation skill and rewarded with chocolate for doing such a good job!

Meet Thersa

Where do you volunteer? What do you do?
I work primarily at Koelbel Library where I assist in sorting donations, identifying books to sell in our Amazon storefront, pricing books for the stores and the sales as well as stocking the Koelbel book store. I also oversee five library bookstores, which are open year round, as well as manage four annual saIes.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I have been volunteering for Arapahoe Libraries for over 15 years.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
I look forward to the collaboration with the other Friends volunteers. There is a huge amount of teamwork that goes into successfully putting together a book sale with over 50,000 books. I have met some amazing people over the years and made many dear friends through my work with Arapahoe Libraries.

Why do you love volunteering?
Everyday there is something new to learn because we receive fascinating donations from our local community. We have wonderful volunteers and such a supportive library district that it is a pleasure to work with everyone. The year round logistics keep me on my toes! I really love seeing the money the Friends raise being used to support amazing programs in the libraries.

Meet Berta

Where do you volunteer?
At Southglenn's bookstore, at Koelbel sorting books, listing books on Amazon and shipping books that sold and at book sales.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I started in 1994- helped set up and chaired the first two book sales. I came back in 2012 after I retired.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
The volunteers (and staff) I work with are an awesome group of people!

Why do you love volunteering?
I am an avid reader so working with books is fun...not work. I am so impressed with all the services and programs Arapahoe Libraries offers to the community so it's a pleasure to give back.

Do you have a fun story from when you have volunteered?
I can't think of one right now. Fun just describes the whole experience!

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