Volunteer at the Library

To learn more about how you can volunteer at the James V. Brown Library, contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Leslie Bowman by calling (570) 326-0536 extension 134. You can also submit our Online Volunteer Application below.

Volunteers are selected based on availability, as well as individual qualifications and interests.  The application process includes an interview, orientation, and training. All volunteers are required to have clear Criminal History and Child Abuse background checks.

The Library also welcomes high school and college students who are in need of service hours, who are considering a career in library sciences, or who want to get a feel for the job world. The Library is a great place to gain valuable work and service experience.

Volunteer Application

Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities offered at the James V. Brown Library:


  • Youth Services: Share your time with our younger patrons. A few ideas include a bi-lingual program, homework help or SAT preparation classes.
  • Microfilm Researcher: Assist patrons in the Rotunda Room of the Library.
  • Computer Help Desk Assistant: Assist patrons with computer questions and troubleshooting.
  • Technical Services Assistant: Help staff with cataloging, labeling, and covering new materials.
  • Bibliotopia Help Desk: Help patrons locate books and operate the self-checkouts.
  • Circulation Shelving Assistant: Helps staff with sorting, organizing, and shelving books, DVDs, CDs, and other items.
  • Program Facilitator: Share a hobby, interest, or vocation with the community. The Library would like to work with you to establish a one-time program, or a series of programs, that best serve our patrons and the community.
  • Bravo Home Delivery: Deliver requested materials at a mutually beneficial delivery time.

Additional volunteer services include:

  • Literacy Tutors: Following 12 hours of standardized training, tutors are matched with an adult over the age of 18 who wants to concentrate on improving reading and other basic skills. Tutors can also be matched with someone whose primary language is not English, but would like to learn English with the guidance and supervision of the tutor/student coordinator.

State Clearance – https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse Clearance – https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Fingerprints (required if you’ve lived in Pennsylvania less than 10 years and will be volunteering regularly with youth under 18 years old) www.pa.cogentid.com//index_dpw.htm