'As our volunteer program grows, every aspect of the Library's public service operation is enhanced by the efforts of volunteers. Whether as computer coaches, after-school homework helpers, English conversation group leaders or a myriad of other functions, volunteers make it possible for us to achieve our mission and to serve Brooklyn's diverse communities. We are deeply grateful for your service.' - Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library Isaac Guerrero is a participant in the Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) Program.  He currently serves in the Central Library’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons.  Although trained to assist with various technology demands, Isaac’s, “level of commitment” stretches far beyond assisting in technology.  Isaac promotes community through “patience” and “kind assistance”. Gershon Itzikowitz serves as both English Conversation Group Leader and Citizenship Exam Coach at the Sheepshead Bay Library.  Gershon’s “dedication” and “hard work” are noted to be the driving factors for the success of the groups.  Participants appreciate the helpful information and resources provided in his sessions. Bridget McLaughlin is a literacy tutor volunteer at the Bedford Learning Center.  While being a full time ESOL instructor, Bridget generously dedicates her free time to develop lessons to meet the diverse learning styles of program participants.  Her tireless efforts serve as a reminder to staff and participants to “bring out the best” in others. James McTaggart serves as Resume Coach at the Macon Library –winner of the 2013 NYC Neighborhood Library Award.  Patrons and staff appreciate James’, “insightful” and “helpful” attitude towards providing assistance and service.  Although his volunteer assignment keeps him busy, James takes the time to encourage all patrons to utilize the free resources the library has to offer. Patricia Smith serves as an After-school Homework Helper at the Canarsie Library.  Her warm personality and helpful demeanor helps to create a supporting and welcoming environment for program participants.
More than 1,800 volunteers - students, working parents, retired teachers, business professionals - contribute their talents, skills and knowledge to the people of Brooklyn at Brooklyn Public Library.
Volunteer Opportunities:



Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including teens and people with disabilities. We will review your application, and if there are possible matches with available volunteer opportunities, we will invite you to attend an information session and interview.

Highlighted Opportunities


How can I become a volunteer?

  1. Review library hours & locations
  2. Complete an Online Application or
  3. Complete a Print Application and mail it to:

Volunteer Resources
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11238