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Please follow the link below to the Volunteer Tyler Web Page for more information about volunteer possibilities at the Tyler Public Library or other city departments. All volunteers must complete an application, found on the Volunteer Tyler web page.

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Adult Volunteers

The Tyler Public Library is currently seeking volunteers to serve through the following roles:

Book Buddies volunteer their time to read to various groups in our community. For children, this includes daycare facilities, schools, and various shelters. For adults, this includes Lighthouse for the Blind, memory care facilities, nursing homes, and patrons’ homes with at-home caretakers. If you're interested in becoming a Book Buddy, please indicate which age group you'd prefer.

We are requesting that book buddies focused on adults do virtual sessions with the organizations interested.

Local History Team members will assist Library staff with research requests, local history projects using microfilm and the vertical files, and more. These volunteers are available to help push along projects that best serve the community.

Book Sale Team members will assist with the biannual book sales (March and October). Book sales require volunteers to physically move lots of books for set-up, assist patrons with purchases, and more.

Programming Photographers will assist with taking photos at library programs and events. We are seeking someone for adult and youth programs. You must have a high-quality cell phone or a high-quality camera. 

Donations Team will assist with managing and processing donations for the library. This role will help facilitate the Book Nook inside the library and organize materials for future sales.

Shelving Team will assist with shelving materials throughout the library. You must pass a shelving test before you can start shelving.

Youth Volunteers

The Library has a very limited number of opportunities for youth 12 through 17 to volunteer to help with events and activities. Please visit this page for information on dates and times. Attention: You must complete a City of Tyler Youth Volunteer Application, and be approved, before you can earn volunteer hours.

Court-Ordered Service

The Library has limited hours during which court-ordered service hours may be completed. No one younger than 18 will be considered. Fill out our online form if you're interested in court-ordered service. No applicants are accepted on a walk-in basis