About Volunteering

Volunteering at Wellesley Free Library

Are you looking for a way to support the ongoing mission of the Wellesley Free Library?  Volunteering your time and skill is an excellent way to show your support and make a meaningful difference by enhancing the Library’s programs and services.The Library is usually looking for energetic volunteers to help in a range of on-site and strategic roles.   So if you have a passion for your community and for learning, consider putting your talents to use.

On-Site Roles

There are several volunteer opportunities for people who want to work in the library environment with fellow volunteers and staff.  These roles require the ability to commit to a regular schedule of at least two hours a week for a minimum of 16 weeks.  We also ask that you keep your hours as regular as possible, call when you cannot make it, and provide advance notice of vacations.

Roles at Supporting Organizations

The Library’s continued success depends on the excellent work of our volunteer Board of Trustees and two supporting organizations: The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries,  and The Wellesley Free Library Foundation.  If you would like to play a role in determining the future strategic direction of library programs and services, or fundraising and awareness initiatives, please contact Jamie Jurgensen by e-mail or at 781-235-1610 x1100  to learn more.


When you become an on-site volunteer, you will be assigned a Staff Supervisor, who will provide you with training.

How to Apply

New volunteers are asked to fill out a volunteer application and (if over 18) a volunteer CORI. Online forms are located here. Print versions are available in the Administrative Office (second floor of the Main Library).

List of Volunteer Opportunities

CustodialCleaning work areas
Dusting book stacks
Weeding plant beds
Children'sChess teacher
Preparing craft supplies
Shelf-reading (putting books in alphabetical or numerical order)
Shifting books
ReferenceFilling displays
Neatening public areas
Refilling supplies
Searching shelves
Shifting books
CirculationBar-coding books
Public Service ambassador at self check-out stations
Shelf-reading (putting books in alphabetical or numerical order)
Shelving books
Shifting books
Unpacking book bins
Technical ServicesCleaning DVDs
Retrieving items from shelves
Computer LabCoaching adults on using basic and intermediate computer applications.
Program FacilitatorIf you have a special skill or interest that you would like to share on an ongoing basis, talk with us. To run a monthly program requires a very special volunteer, one who is qualified and willing to give a lot of time to preparing the program as well as be available to run the program. Some Library programs being run by volunteers include: Stitch and Chat, Write Right Writers’ Group, and Read to a Dog.
Wellesley ESLEnglish language practice with adults.
Book salesYour information will be forwarded to the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
FundraisingYour information will be forwarded to the Library Director.