All Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, October 9 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday 10/10 at 10am.


Volunteers help us keep the Library going.

Volunteers manage the Friends of the Library semiannual book sales and work throughout the library system shelving, checking reports, and more.

Those interested in helping out with programs, “resume builders,” and others who want to assist in library duties are encouraged to complete the form below. We also work with college students seeking internships. Teens seeking community service hours should contact the youth services associate or branch manager of their neighborhood branch. If your volunteer service consists of court-directed community service hours, the Library is unable to provide assistance.

Volunteer for RVA Reads

RVA Reads recruits volunteer readers to read to each preschool class at Richmond’s Five Regional Preschool Centers. Monthly (October – May) we read to the children and each child receives the book to take home.

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  • We will sometimes photograph events and activities to promote library services. Do we have your permission to photograph or use your image in association with library services? (Saying no does not prevent you from volunteer service.)
  • An interview may be requested for any volunteer applicants. Volunteers must attend an orientation session before they begin service. Richmond Public Library does not offer court-mandated volunteer opportunities. Volunteer service is not a guarantee of future employment. By clicking "Submit" below I agree that I will not hold Richmond Public Library, its employees, directors, or funding agencies responsible for an injury while working as a volunteer.