During the closure of all library locations, the volunteer program for Columbus Metropolitan Library has been suspended. As a result, we are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. When the library reopens we will evaluate a return to volunteering in light of social distancing and the needs of the organization.

Keeping in mind the safety of our volunteers, staff and customers, the 2020 summer VolunTeen program is canceled. We look forward to working with teen volunteers in other capacities throughout the year.

We will continue to evaluate the situation during the coming months to determine when and how it is safe for volunteers to return to assist us at the library.

In the meantime, please take advantage of the many electronic resources available to you through our website.

Please stay safe, stay well and stay home.


We help students understand what their teachers are asking, showing them where to find resources to help, then guiding them to find the answers on their own.


In 15-minute segments, a child reads to you, and you guide them through the process, helping when they stumble over a word then asking them about what they read.


Adults frequently need help when completing basic tasks on the library’s computers. Volunteers provide them with assistance as they apply for jobs and complete online forms.