We’re lucky to have the support of more than 300 talented volunteers who help us operate our used bookstores across Ottawa. FOPLA is over 99% volunteer-run by people who believe in the value of a strong public library in our community.
Our volunteers are book lovers, library supporters, and community members who enjoy getting out for a fulfilling volunteer experience. If that sounds like you, browse our opportunities below and complete an application today.
Benefits of Volunteering
Meet new people in your community
Gain insider access to our frequently refreshed inventory of used books
Your volunteer hours directly support the Ottawa Public Library
Build volunteer experience and references for your resume
Am I A Good Fit?
If you would like to volunteer with FOPLA, there are a few starting points that we ask all our volunteers to have:
Courtesy and enthusiasm when interacting with bookstore customers and library staff
Physical ability to move and lift boxes/carts of books (unless otherwise specified)
Proficiency in English, all other languages are an asset
Knowledge and love of books
All volunteers must have access to email for communication
Still think we’re the volunteer experience for you? Check our current opportunities below, or contact us for more details.