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Volunteers are important partners in the Greater Victoria Public Library’s goal to build community and support literacy and lifelong learning for all. We are grateful to our volunteers past and present who have played a key role in our success.

GVPL aims to offer volunteers of all ages meaningful ways to engage with the library and support the community. Please see below for current opportunities to share your knowledge, ideas and skills and help make GVPL a place to connect, discover and imagine.

Tween Volunteers (10-12 years)

Young children are paired with volunteer tweens to write and illustrate an original storybook. We provide Big Buddy training and, upon completion, a certificate for volunteering. Together, Little Buddies and Big Buddies will use their imaginations and produce a keepsake that will become part of their life’s story.

Become a Story Buddies Volunteer

Check the program and events calendar for opportunities.

Once you’ve signed up to volunteer (opportunities are listed on our program and events calendar), fill out the form below and bring it to your first session.

Volunteer Request for Referral (pdf)

Adult Volunteers

GVPL is governed by a Library Board comprising municipal councillors and citizen representatives who are appointed by municipal council. The term of a Board Trustee lasts up to eight years. Board trustees attend as many as 30 meetings a year, not including special events and council appearances in support of the library, and they serve without remuneration. To become a library trustee, please approach the municipality in which you live.

The Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library are a group of enthusiastic people of all ages who volunteer to promote the library, raise funds to enhance the library’s materials and programs, and run the Friendshop at the Central Branch.

Learn About the Friends

Teen Volunteers (13-18 years)

Help lead a DigiLab program and inspire other teens to learn and create using tech tools and craft supplies. View the DigiLab programs on our calendar to see what’s coming up.

Become a DigiLab Volunteer (repeat volunteers can skip to Step 3)

Step 1: Complete the Teen Volunteer Referral Form

Step 2: Register for a DigiLab Training Session

Step 3: Register as a volunteer for a DigiLab session

Earn volunteer hours by operating our easy-to-use button makers at GVPL events.

Check the activity calendar for opportunities and to register.

For ages 13-18. If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are a fluent English speaker, and want to help emerging readers, we need you! Reading Buddies volunteers mentor children in grades 2 to 4 with reading practice, literacy-based activities and fun. We provide training and, upon completion, a reference letter outlining your volunteer hours.

Find out more.

Stay tuned for the relaunch of the Teen Readers and Writers Advisory Group in 2019.

Once you’ve signed up to volunteer (opportunities are listed on our program and events calendar), fill out the form below and bring it to your first session.

Tween and Teen Volunteer Referral Form (pdf)

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