Get Involved

Want to help support the Vancouver Public Library? There are several ways you can get involved:

Become a Member

Become a member by visiting book’mark and buying a Friends membership for $5. Or by clicking here!!

Membership Benefits

  • The satisfaction of supporting the Vancouver Public Library!
  • A discount at book’markThe Library Store
  • Additional exclusive member discounts events at book’mark
  • Access to volunteering opportunities
  • Invitations to special members-only programming
  • Voting privileges at the annual general meeting

Join online here. If you would prefer to fill out a paper form, please click here for a pdf.

Volunteer

We love volunteers! Our volunteers are a wonderful group of people with diverse backgrounds, who all share a common love of libraries and reading.

If you are a Friend (member) of the Vancouver Public Library already, we invite you e-mail us a resume and a note about your interests. Please note that as we are an entirely volunteer-run organization it may take some time to get back to you. We may also contact you with opportunities based on the volunteer interests that you check off when you become a member.

If you are not a Friend (member) yet – consider joining us.

Please note that all volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Volunteers with Friends of VPL help with our many fundraising activities and with the running of the Society. Although volunteers do not work in the Library, they contribute to the programs, collections and activities of the VPL.

Some examples of the work our volunteers do for Friends of the Vancouver Public Library:

Work in book’mark The Library Store - Recruiting

book’mark is a retail business at Central Branch, with profits going to support The Vancouver Public Library.

Position description:

  • Commit to a minimum of six months and at least one 4 hour shift per week.
  • Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Previous retail or customer service experience is preferred.
  • Primary responsibilities:
  • Greet and assist customers
  • Knowledgeable about store merchandise
  • Complete cash or charge sales transactions
  • Assist with pricing and merchandising of new products

If you enjoy the challenges of a retail environment and love people contact please come into our store and fill out our membership and volunteer application form. Please include a current resume. Potential candidates will be interviewed when there are openings. Contact friends@friendsoftheVPL.ca for more information.

Help us run our used book sales - Recruiting

Friends of the VPL runs three Used Book Sales a year, usually in May, September and December. The sales are three days long, and require approximately 50 volunteers for each sale.

Position description:

  • This is very physical work! Some heavy lifting required
  • Help with set up and pack up – unpacking books for sale and repacking unsold books
  • Assisting buyers and tidying tables on the sale floor
  • Cashiering, cash handling at point of sale

3 hour shifts. This work is a high-energy, great fun way to interact with Friends, patrons and the public! It would suit people interested in occasional volunteer opportunities.

Book sorting for the used book sales - Recruiting

In preparation for our Used Book Sales, Friends accepts used book donations year-round. Donated books are pre-sorted into subject areas, priced and repacked. This work is done in the Friends office at Central Branch.

Position description:

  • Sorting books into broad sale/subject categories
  • Heavy lifting may be required, and volunteers should be able to stand for most of the time they are in the office or hallway, and not be allergic to dust!
  • Special knowledge: some volunteers with understanding of French, European and Asian languages would be appreciated
  • Shifts are usually once a week, during the daytime, Monday to Friday


Help us with fundraising - Recruiting

Fundraising and Donor Recognition:

Responsible for creating, planning, resourcing, and staffing fundraising opportunities for Friends, promotes grateful recognition of donors, may also be a Board Member.

Volunteer Coordination
  • Outreach to members, responding to first contact enquiries about volunteering
  • Matching volunteers with existing job opportunities, screening applicants
  • Scheduling volunteers for events and ongoing activities
  • HR experience is an asset

Current Opportunities

From time to time we recruit volunteers for specific positions. Current opportunities will be listed here.

Donate

Since its founding, Friends of the VPL has donated over $750,000 to the Vancouver Public Library. You can donate one-time or monthly. Please contact us to set up a monthly donation or donate here.

Funds from the Friends of the VPL support programs and initiatives such as:

  • Writer in Residence
  • Writing and Book Camp
  • Furniture, artwork, supplies and games for library branches

For the complete list of Friends funded initiatives check out last year’s report, Donations and Fundraising 2018.

Tell Your Friends!

If you love the Vancouver Public Library, tell your friends about it! Friends of the VPL works to support and promote the library in our community and to raise funds for special projects and library initiatives. So share your experiences of VPL – and encourage others to use and support the library and the work of Friends of the VPL.