Volunteer Opportunities at the Library

The Denver Public Library offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to our community. When available, volunteer positions can be found here.

Current Openings

Record Stories or Songs for Phone-a-Story

All English slots have been filled for the 2024 year. Please check back in November for 2025 opportunities. Thanks for your interest!

General Requirements

  • Being able to select age appropriate stories to read that are of interest to the targeted audience.
  • Being able to read well with enthusiasm, inflection, etc.
  • Being consistently available during your assigned weeks and responsible enough to find or request a replacement if you're unavailable.

Se buscan Lectores de cuentos en centros preescolares

El Programa de lectura en voz alta busca voluntarios interesados en leer cuentos EN ESPAÑOL en escuelas de Denver.


  • Disponibilidad para visitar y leer en al menos un salón de preescolar una vez a la semana en horario escolar de febrero a mayo.
  • Tener 18 años cumplidos.
  • Amor por la lectura e interés en servir a los más pequeños de la comunidad.
  • Asistir a 1 de las formaciones virtuales obligatorias.

Se ha de asistir de manera virtual a 1 de ellas:

  • 8 de febrero de 11am a 1pm
  • 15 de febrero de 10am a 12pm
  • 15 de marzo de 10am a 12pm

Inscríbase aquí

For additional questions related to volunteering, please email volunteers@denverlibrary.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the age requirement for volunteering with the Denver Public Library?
  • What is the time commitment?
    • The time commitment varies depending on the volunteer role and responsibilities. Most assignments require a set schedule, whether weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Please see current openings at the top of this page for specific expectations. 
  • Do you offer short-term or one-time volunteer opportunities?
    • We may offer short-term and one-time opportunities based on project needs; it is more typical for volunteers to support long-term projects and activities. Please see current openings at the top of this page for more information on short-term, long-term and one-time opportunities.
  • Do you offer group (church/school/corporate) volunteer projects?
    • We do not typically offer group volunteer projects. However, any volunteer opportunities identified as open to groups can be found on the this page.
  • After submitting an application, what are the next steps?
    • Library staff will review your application and contact you to complete the necessary steps to be placed at a location. 
  • Where will I be placed?
    • Volunteers will be placed based on the project to which they have applied and are assigned; all reasonable requests to be placed in a volunteer’s preferred library location or department will be considered, but may not be approved. If a volunteer is not able to commit to a particular location, they may request a different assignment or may be released from that particular assignment altogether.
  • Are background checks required to volunteer?
    • The Denver Public Library requires background checks for all adult (18+) volunteers working with staff and customers at any library location or offsite on behalf of the Denver Public Library.
  • Do you have openings for court-ordered community service volunteers?
    • We do not currently have court-ordered community service volunteer roles available. If that changes, updates will be posted here.
  • Can I volunteer to complete community service hours for school?
    • Yes, if you are a teen in need of community service hours for school, you can volunteer at the library. Find opportunities on our Teen volunteer page.
  • Can I volunteer to sort books and help with the Used Book Sale?
    • Yes, you can support the work of the DPL Friends Foundation through their available volunteer opportunities. Learn more.