The St. Louis County Library provides an opportunity for individuals to meet a community service work requirement set by an outside agency or to just volunteer their time. All requests for community service volunteer work will be considered on a case by case basis. To volunteer at the St. Louis County Library you will need to complete a Volunteer Application. Each branch has applications on site or you can print out a volunteer application. All volunteers over the age of 18 will need to complete a criminal background check.

Branch volunteer duties may include:

  • Cut scrap paper and stock the containers by the PCs
  • Shelve the self-service holds
  • Shelve DVDs
  • Shelve paperbacks
  • Put together welcome packets
  • Sort donated items for the sale table
  • Assisting with story time and craft projects in the children's departments
  • Shelving and straightening book shelves
  • Facilitating adult reading group discussions
  • Assisting with adult programs and author events
  • Delivering books to home-bound patrons
  • Caring for plants and gardens around the library
  • Performing light repairs on books and audiovisual items
  • Assisting with Summer Reading Club

You must be at least 12 years and in the 6th grade to volunteer at the St. Louis County Library.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please call (314) 994-3300 or email volunteer@slcl.org. If you're ready to volunteer, please complete an application and return to 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131 or to any County Library branch.


St. Louis County Library and the YMCA are teaming up to help find volunteers interested in helping St. Louisans improve their reading skills. The YMCA Community Literacy program will train volunteers to help children who are reading below grade level. Volunteers can use St. Louis County Library branches as meeting places to conduct tutoring sessions. This one-on-one program has proven very successful in the past: participants' skills often show an improvement of two grade levels. To get involved in the program, please call 314-994-3300.


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