Volunteer

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

Current Opportunities

Still think we’re the volunteer experience for you? Check our current opportunities below, or contact us for more details.

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Book Sorter & Stocker

Sort donations of used books, perform inventory management, and stock bookstore shelves. This opportunity requires the ability to move and lift boxes/carts of books.


Locations:

Elmvale Acres Branch
Main Branch

Hours: 3 hours per week minimum

Click each location to download full opportunity details and hours

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Distribution Facility Volunteer

Accept donations of used books from the public, answer public inquiries, pack, sort, scan, and shelve books. This opportunity requires the ability to move and lift boxes/carts of books.


Location: 
James Bartleman Centre (100 Tallwood Drive)

Hours: 4 hours per week minimum

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General Interest

Interested in volunteering for FOPLA, but unsure what role is right for you? Apply here for general inquiries.
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