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How to Apply (18 and Older)

Individuals between 14-17 years should read the requirements for youth

Please be aware: the application process can take up to 30 days for approval, with additional delays during summer and fall recruitment. 

Step 1: Search and Apply

Under "Find an Opportunity", you may search for available volunteer projects. Click on a service title to view a description containing an overview of the tasks and responsibilities, skills required, and dates/times needed.

Once you identify a suitable project, use the "Express Interest" button at the bottom of the description to fill-out a volunteer application. Once received, you will be contacted by Volunteer Services with the next steps to complete the registration process. 

Step 2: Interview

Applicants are required to complete a personal interview with a project supervisor. The interview provides a chance to learn more about the position, discuss the requirements, schedules, and specific duties and tasks.  Applicants recommended for placement will receive an Official Offer Letter.  Applicants must reply and either accept or decline a position.

Step 3: Background Check

Once a project is accepted, applicants 18 and over are required to complete a criminal background screening prior to start. Queens Public Library conducts the following screenings:

  • Nationwide Criminal Record Locator Search
  • Social Security Trace (if applicable)
  • 50 State Department of Justice Registered Sex Offender Search

Step 4: Orientation

All volunteers recommended for final approval will need to attend a mandatory orientation webinar.  The session is live and conducted online (no travel necessary).  Orientation covers important policies and topics related to having a successful service experience.


If you have questions regarding the application process, please click here.