With no paid staff, the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is dependent on many volunteers to carry out activities in support of the Library. 

No matter how much time a volunteer has available – from a few hours a year to several hours a week – there is a great opportunity for you! Contact us with any questions about volunteer opportunities.

Ways to Help

Book Store
The Book Store operates seven days a week, and volunteers may either commit to a regular shift of three hours each week or be placed on a substitute list that is notified when a shift needs to be filled. Volunteering in the store requires a one-hour orientation session and two three-hour mentored shifts.

Book Sales
Book sales occur three times a year in April, September, and December with staffing required from Thursday through Sunday for each sale. Volunteers are needed for set up, staffing during the sale, and take down afterwards. Jobs vary from heavy lifting (getting boxes onto hand trucks and distributed to lobby sales rooms) to lighter duties at check out. More information on specific volunteer opportunities and a work shift schedule are sent out to volunteers for sign up prior to each book sale.

Sorting Room
Volunteers are needed for several hours each week to unpack, sort and box donated books for the book sale. Donations must be unpacked and arranged for scanning and sorting, sorted and shelved by category, and boxed for the Book Sale. If you are interested in this activity, please let us know if you are able to lift boxes of books that weigh approximately 40-45 pounds.

Events are planned throughout the year to increase the visibility of Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library and to promote membership. These events include the April and December Book Sale Sip & Shop evenings, the Fall Raffle and the Free Summer Raffle for Children. Volunteers are needed to plan, organize and staff events throughout the year.

Communications / Publicity
Volunteers are periodically needed to prepare or review online and other communications, press releases and promotional materials. Basic writing and computer skills are required and computer graphics skills are a plus.

We are always looking for volunteers with financial, legal and board skills or experience. If you are interested in any of these areas, please comment on your skills and experience.

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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