Contribute Your Time and Your Talents

Volunteering can be a satisfying way to invest your time and energy and use your special skills.

Princeton Public Library is fortunate to have more than 300 dedicated adult volunteers who contribute their time, talent and energy to the library for a variety of long-term and short-term tasks. During the summer, many teen volunteers help the Youth Services staff with our Summer Reading Programs, library events and other project-based tasks.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete an application. As opportunities arise that match your interests and availability, we will contact you. Most long-term opportunities require a commitment of at least six consecutive months. Applications will be kept on file for a period of one year. Princeton Public Library does not currently accept volunteers who are completing community service per court order.

Teen Volunteers (entering grades eight and higher)

We have extremely limited capacity for teen volunteers during the school year. For Teen Summer Volunteer opportunities, read below. If you would like to discuss other opportunities for teen engagement, please feel free to email us at teenvolunteer@princetonlibrary.org.


Thanks for your interest in the Teen Summer Volunteer program at the Princeton Public Library! Teen Summer Volunteers support our youth programming from June 19 through August 16, 2015—our Teen Summer Volunteers provide a huge service to the library and the community, and we have a lot of fun!

Current Princeton Public Library cardholders entering grades 8-12 (2015-2016) are eligible to participate. Learn more about obtaining a library card at princetonlibrary.org/about/library-cards

This year we have expanded our program to include two different volunteer opportunities, each with a separate application. Please read the descriptions below carefully, and apply for the position that best meets your interest.


Teen Summer Volunteer - Summer Reading Team Application

  • For a teen who wants to help administer our Summer Reading incentive program, registering participants and awarding prizes

  • Available throughout the summer for 15-40 hours

  • Similar to our previous Teen Summer Volunteer opportunities

NEW! Teen Summer Volunteer - Summer Event Team Application

  • For a teen who wants to help plan and execute a fun, large-scale library program for children, with a small group of peers and the support of a library staff member

  • Available for a week-long commitment (you will have an opportunity to indicate your session preference in the application). For each session, participation is Monday-Friday, from 1-4 pm, three hours/day for five days, totaling 15 hours.

    • July 6-10: Mad Hatter Party

    • July 20-24: Hero Fair

    • August 3-7: Reader's Theater Performance

  • A new and exciting opportunity to get hands-on experience providing a valuable service for Princeton youth

For more information, attend an information session in the Princeton Public Library Community Room:

Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 pm

Saturday, May 9, 4:30 pm

Preference will be given to applicants who have attended an information session. Anything else? Email us at teenvolunteer@princetonlibrary.org.


Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering at the Princeton Public Library.