With no paid staff, the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is dependent on many volunteers. Our largest volunteer need is for our three Book Sales and they are a great way to connect with the Friends! Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Book Sales
Book sales occur three weekends a year in April, August, 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 several weeks prior to each sale. Book sales provide the best opportunity for new volunteers to engage with the Friends.

Book Sorting
Volunteers work for a couple of hours on specified weekday mornings. 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. Limited new volunteer opportunities are available and subject to the needs of sorting room management. 

Communications & Marketing
Volunteers help develop and/or maintain an effective communications and marketing strategy. Experience with web-based software and social media is preferred. 

Events are scheduled throughout the year to increase the visibility of the Friends and promote membership, including the after-hours Book Sale Sip & Shop, Annual Membership Lunch, and Annual Raffle or Auction. Volunteers are needed to plan, organize and staff these and other events.

Finance & Legal
Volunteers may be needed to provide financial or legal experience in either a committee or a Board role. Please let us know if you have this experience.

Volunteers with good computer skills are needed to help maintain membership records and develop or maintain various reports using web-based or spreadsheet-based software. 

Online Book Store - Fulfillment
Volunteers sign up for 2 hour shifts to deliver Online Book Store orders and sell cart books in the Library. Pickup occurs on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:00 and volunteers are expected to arrive by 10:45. 

Online Book Store - Inventory
Volunteers select, upload and maintain online bookstore inventory and oversee the processing of orders. Limited new volunteer opportunities are available and subject to the needs of inventory management.

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

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