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Volunteers are an important part of the Baltimore County Public Library system. Last year more than 300 library volunteers gave 56,000 service hours!


The minimum age for volunteers at the library is 14 years old or in the 8th grade. Exceptions may be made for students under age 14 who volunteer as part of a group, e.g. scout troops, or as part of the Summer Reading Club volunteers. Student volunteers ages 14 and above may receive credit for student service learning hours.


BCPL can provide a variety of challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunities. All assignments offer flexible scheduling and a chance to play an important role in providing library services.


Your volunteer role will be as individual as you are.


BCPL has several special volunteer library programs:


  • The Friends: Branch Support Groups are important volunteer support groups for Baltimore County Public Library. They provide community outreach for specific branches and advocacy for their neighborhood branch. They organize fundraising events and bring additional talent, expertise, and financial support to their community branch. For more information or to get involved, contact your local Friends: Branch Support Group.


  • Summer Reading Club volunteers are students in grades 6-10. They help promote the program within each branch, sign-up children for the program, give out stickers and prizes, and more.


How To Volunteer:


Throughout the year BCPL accepts volunteers in most of our branches. Acceptance of any volunteer is based on the branch’s need at the time and the volunteer’s demonstrated ability to do the work required.  The branch cannot guarantee there will be work at all times and are under no obligation to accept volunteers.For more information about the location of our branches, please consult the map of branch locations.


To begin the volunteer application process complete and submit an online volunteer application ( opens in new window ) or print it out and take it to any BCPL branch. You may also get a paper application at any BCPL branch. If volunteer opportunities are available, a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. The number of volunteer positions available are determined by each branch.


If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please feel free to call the library branch in which you would like to volunteer and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.


Last revised: April 4, 2014