With no paid staff, the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is dependent on many volunteers.  Some of our traditional volunteer activities have been curtailed during the pandemic but we are always seeking ways to match our needs with your volunteer interests and experience.  Please be sure to share any skills or experience that relate to your area(s) of interest!

Volunteer opportunities range from a few times a year to several hours a week.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Ways to Help

Book Store (closed until further notice)
The Book Store is open MondayVolunteers are needed to sell books in the store and must commit to a minimum of one 3-hour shift per month on an ongoing basis. Training requires one orientation shift followed by one or two additional shifts to practice learned skills. 

Book Sales
Book sales occur three weekends a year in April, September, and December and volunteers are needed from Thursday through Sunday for each sale.  Volunteer opportunities include loading, moving and unloading boxes; arranging books on tables in the sale rooms; tallying purchases at checkout; and keeping rooms orderly during the sale. More information on specific volunteer opportunities and scheduled shift times are sent out to volunteers for sign up prior to each sale.

Book Sorting
Volunteers usually work for several hours one morning a week. Donations are moved from the Library’s receiving room to the Friends sorting room, unpacked and arranged for scanning, sorted and shelved by category, and boxed for the next Book Sale. The ability to lift boxes of books is a plus.

Communications & Marketing
Volunteers help develop and/or maintain an effective communications and marketing strategy. Social media and/or computer graphic skills are a plus.

Events are scheduled throughout the year to increase the visibility of the Friends and to promote membership. These events Book Sale Sip & Shop evenings, raffles, the Annual Membership Program & Lunch and other events.  Volunteers are needed to plan, organize and/or staff these and other events.

Finance & Governance
Volunteers are needed to provide financial, legal or board governance experience in either a committee or a Board role.  Please let us know if you have this experience.

Volunteers may be needed to provide data entry, management and reporting using web-based or spreadsheet-based software.  

Volunteer Interest Form

Fill out the Friends Volunteer form.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library
A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the Library

(919) 969-2047
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

webmaster: Harriet Wu

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