VPL calling for Summer Volunteers

The VPL and the VPL Foundation are looking for volunteers this summer! Would you like to donate your time and skills to support fundraising events or the Writing & Book Camp? Check out the opportunities on this post.

Rooftop Garden Social


  • Thursday, July 21st, 2022
  • Thursday, August 18th, 2022
  • Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Time: 4:15pm – 8:15pm (event is from 5:00pm – 8:00pm)

Location: VPL – Central Branch (350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1)

Event Overview: Join us by volunteering for the one of three Rooftop Garden Social’s at VPL on July 21st. Attendees will sip, snack, and socialize while enjoying views of the city skyline from VPL Central Library’s Phillips, Hager and North Garden located downtown. Other entertainment and activities will include music, book swaps and more. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding five new soundproof work pods, providing more people with places to meet, connect and work at Central Library.

Volunteer Roles

Greeter*: This is one of the most important volunteer positions as you are the first contact for our guests and set the tone for the evening. Your job is to greet guests and smile brightly when they arrive at the event, directing them to the staff elevators. Some of these volunteers will escort guests up Level 9 in the elevators.

Registration*: The registration table volunteers will welcome our guests, get them checked in and provide them with food and/or drink tickets.
*Note – Registration and Greeter volunteers will switch halfway through the night

Bar: Bar volunteers will serve both beer and wine to our guests. Drink tickets can be pre-purchased or bought on-site. Bar volunteers will need to have either their Serving it Right or Special Event Server certificate.

Ticket Sales: This role will be responsible for all onsite ticket sales for food and beverage. They should feel comfortable handling both cash and digital payments (Square Card Reader). They may also be responsible for handing out food (charcuterie platters and snacks) and beverages (soda) to guests.

Floater: The floater role is essential in ensuring that the event runs smoothly! The floater role will ensure the water station is filled with water, assist with emptying full bus trays of glassware to the kitchen, and help the bar and food staff get additional supplies from the kitchen.

How to Apply
Please reach out to Rachel Van Andel at rachel.vanandel@vpl.ca or 604-331-4092.


Writing and Book Camp Counsellors and Assistants

Date: August 8 – 12, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
(Friday’s wind-up Gala will end at 6:30 p.m.)

Location:VPL – Central Branch (350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1)

Overview: Do you have an interest in working with children and books? The Writing & Book Camp is looking for volunteers aged 18 years and older to act as camp counsellors and assistants for campers, ages 10-18, throughout the week of August 8 – 12, 2022.

The Writing & Book Camp brings together children and teens with a passion for reading and writing and well-known authors and illustrators in a creative workshop environment.Eileen Cook, Janice Lynn Mather, Kallie George, and Sarah Suk are just some of the professional authors, illustrators, and storytellers who will be presenting at this year’s program.

Volunteer Roles

Camp Counsellors
We require Camp Counsellors who are willing to take responsibility for a small group of campers throughout a week of activities. Counsellors should have experience working with children, preferably with a background or interest in education, creative writing, and/or library sciences.

Camp Assistants
We also require full-time and part-time assistants who are responsible for helping with supporting the counsellors and workshop leaders, greeting the presenters, and documenting the camp.

Our previous volunteers have found the camp an excellent opportunity to gain experience and skills in a variety of areas. An orientation session will be held on Monday, July 25th, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Central Branch.

“It’s been a great experience here at the Book Camp. The kids all seem to genuinely love reading and writing. Their passion is truly amazing!”

How to Apply:
Apply Online here
Application Deadline July 4, 2022
For more information please contact: Sasha Schertzer at
bookcamp@vpl.ca or 604.331.3690