Volunteer at the Place you Love

Volunteering at the Edmonton Public Library is a way for you to provide life-enriching experiences for people in your community and support the library.  It is a fun environment that is dynamic and engaging. Help is needed with all kinds of tasks, some simple and some more technical, some helping the public and some behind the scenes. For further details about EPL volunteer roles, view the position descriptions.

Current Volunteer Opportunities 


Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is an opportunity for students ages 13 to 17 years to volunteer their time and enthusiasm to mentor children in grades 2 to 4 in one-on-one reading and interactive games.

Reading Buddies volunteers are required to attend the mandatory orientation session one week before the program starts as well as the following Reading Buddies sessions as scheduled.  The ability to attend all sessions is important.

Locations holding Reading Buddies Session this summer:

  • Lois Hole. Every Friday from July 17 to August 14 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Mandatory training July 10, 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
  • Riverbend. Every Monday from July 13 to August 10 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Mandatory training July 6, 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
  • Whitemud Crossing. 2 sessions taking place this summer.
    • Every Tuesday from July 21 to August 18 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
    • Every Thursday from July 23 to August 20 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
    • Mandatory training for both sessions July 16 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
  • Woodcroft.  Every Wednesday from July 15 to August 12 from 4pm - 5pm.  Mandatory training July 8, 4pm - 5pm.

Apply Here


All prospective volunteers are interviewed before being placed in available opportunities. Volunteers are placed based on best fit. Not all who apply can be accepted.


Position Descriptions


Reading Buddies: For youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years only.  As a Reading Buddies volunteer, you will be paired with a little buddy to read and play interactive games.



Reading Rockstars: Show young kids how you can rock it with literacy and technology!  As a Reading Rockstars volunteer, you will support EPL staff to facilitate the Reading Rockstars Program at select elementary schools across the city.  



Welcome Baby in the Community - Kit Preparer: Help support early literacy put together Welcome Baby kit packages for infants and their families .  All shifts take place at the Stanley A. Milner branch.



Welcome Baby in the Community - Driver: You will deliver Welcome Baby packages from a library branch to a Public Health Centre, supporting early literacy for infants and their families.  You must have a vehicle for this role.


Home Service Volunteer: EPL responds to the needs of people with reduced mobility through its Home Service program. Volunteers are needed to bring library materials to those that are unable to visit the library.

Donation Support Volunteer: Sort through donated material at branches.  All material goes to EPL's quarterly book sales.  

Book Sale Volunteer: Use your organizational skills to help stock materials at our popular Books2Buy book sales and raise money in support of EPL.



Event Assistant Volunteer: Join in the forces of fun and engagement. Use your versatile people skills to make EPL events vibrant and successful.  Locations and events vary.



Mascot: Provide a recognizable EPL's image to the community at events in an accessible and positive way.



Mascot Handler: Be the voice for the mascot as the mascot provides a recognizable image of EPL to the community at events in an accessible and positive way.


Friends of the Library: Help with fundraising events, annual booksales or be part of our board. Join the Friends of the Edmonton Public Library today.

As an active EPL volunteer, please log into your volunteer profile to sign up for current volunteer opportunitites.