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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Cuyahoga County Public Library. Please complete our volunteer application if you are interested in volunteering. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Become a Volunteer

If you have any questions or would like more information about our volunteer opportunities, please email us at volunteering@cuyahogalibrary.org or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 216.749.9400.

If you would like to help with used book sales, consider joining your local branch's Friends of the Library group.

Mobile Food Pantry

In-person volunteer opportunities available

Volunteers assist with sorting, packaging and distributing various produce and/or shelf-stable items to community members in need. These year-round distributions take place at nine CCPL branches and have helped supply thousands of households with much-needed food!

Volunteer requirements:

1-2-3 READ

In-person and virtual volunteer opportunities available

Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are far more likely to perform poorly in school and eventually drop out. We must do all we can to keep struggling readers from falling behind. Through our 1-2-3 READ program, we partner with local school districts to identify at-risk students in grades 1 – 3 and help them get back on track. Students enrolled in the program visit their local library branch two times per week after school. There, they practice their reading skills with both in-person and virtual volunteers and take part in literacy-based games and activities.

We are currently seeking in-person and virtual volunteers to assist with the program.

1-2-3 Read will take place in-person from 4:30 - 6:45 PM at the following locations:

Bedford Branch
Mondays & Wednesdays

Garfield Heights Branch
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Maple Heights Branch
Tuesdays & Thursdays

North Olmsted Branch
Mondays & Thursdays

Parma-Powers Branch
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Warrensville Heights Branch
Mondays & Thursdays

Virtual volunteers will begin their session at 5:45 and/or 6:15 PM.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Complete our online volunteer application.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Attend a volunteer training session.
  • Be at least 14 years old

Student Success Centers

In-person volunteer opportunities available

Our award-winning after-school Student Success Centers program has impacted the lives of thousands of at-risk students in grades K – 8. Through the program we seek not only to help improve students' grades and subject comprehension, but also to improve their attitudes toward school and increase their self-esteem. Students who participate in the program receive assistance from volunteers in the following school subjects:

  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social studies

Students also take part in educational games and activities designed to foster a lifelong love for learning. We currently offer the Student Success Centers program at 10 Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. We're looking for people who are interested in helping students better understand their assignments and improve their subject comprehension. If your volunteer application is accepted, Cuyahoga County Public Library will provide you with the necessary training to become a Student Success Centers program tutor.

Centers are open Monday - Thursday and offer two sessions: 4 - 5:15 PM and 5:15 - 6:30 PM at the following locations:

Volunteer requirements:

  • Complete our online volunteer application.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Attend a volunteer training session.
  • Be at least 14 years old.

STEAM

In-person volunteer opportunities available

Help students ages 11 to 18 explore 21st-century skills. Open yourself to a new experience working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (aka STEAM). Cuyahoga County Public Library is excited to recruit volunteers with a desire to engage with students and help generate their curiosity in STEAM programs.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Complete our online volunteer application.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Attend a volunteer training session.
  • Be at least 18 years old.