'As our volunteer program grows, every aspect of the Library's public service operation is enhanced by the efforts of volunteers. Whether as computer coaches, after-school homework helpers, English conversation group leaders or a myriad of other functions, volunteers make it possible for us to achieve our mission and to serve Brooklyn's diverse communities. We are deeply grateful for your service.' - Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library Shajed Ahmed currently serves as a Today’s Teen, Tomorrow’s Techies volunteer for one of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program libraries.  Although trained as a technology volunteer, Shajed is consistent in exhibiting exemplary leadership skills by assisting his fellow T4s as well as patrons. Kel Karpinski is an intern in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons. As an intern, Kel assists staff with providing training to individuals and small groups on the use of creative multimedia editing software.  Her patience and knowledge are key qualities to her success in promoting a professional and creative technology resource space for patrons. Betty Lewis successfully serves as an English Conversation Group Leader.  Her, “hard work and dedication”, has contributed to enhancing the program’s services to patrons. John Trani serves as both an English Conversation Group Leader and After-School Homework Helper. His “creativity in lesson planning and his pleasant personality” assists the library in creating an encouraging and supportive learning environment. Tina Yip is a Book Buddy at the Sunset Park Library.  Tina has assisted staff in the successful planning of different annual events.  Tina’s “innate cultural awareness and sensitivity” is greatly appreciated by staff and patrons.
More than 1,800 volunteers - students, working parents, retired teachers, business professionals - contribute their talents, skills and knowledge to the people of Brooklyn at Brooklyn Public Library.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Highlighted Volunteer Opportunities:


Special Event Volunteer - Bike the Branches Volunteer (ages 14+)




Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including teens and people with disabilities. We will review your application, and if there are possible matches with available volunteer opportunities, we will invite you to attend an information session and interview.

How can I become a volunteer?

  1. Review library hours & locations
  2. Complete an Online Application or
  3. Complete a Print Application and mail it to:

Volunteer Resources
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11238