Volunteers are an important part of the Newburyport Public Library. Volunteer applicants are invited to get more information from the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 978-465-4428 x224.

Volunteers must complete an application and a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check through the Massachusetts CHSB. This CORI check is managed by the library and is free for applicants.

Library book stacks

A mutually determined scope of work, duration, and daily/weekly assigned time is then agreed upon by the volunteer coordinator and department head prior to appointment. Then, the volunteer can participate in an orientation and training session prior to beginning the Volunteer Program.

All volunteer hours for the library must be tracked and reported to a state library agency. Volunteering assignments should involve tasks that would not otherwise fall under the responsibility of paid staff members

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Shelving – assist in returning library materials in correct order to library shelves. Shelving is a physical activity that includes bending, stretching, lifting, and pushing book carts.
  • Shelf Reading – tidy and put books in correct order on the shelves.
  • Audio Mending – CD and DVD mending/cleaning.
  • Archival Center Assistance – assist with organizing, labeling, and preserving materials.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 978–465–4428 x224.