Volunteer at the Library

New volunteer opportunities for youth! If you love to read and like sharing your opinions, have we got a job for you! Join our Teen Reviewers and share your insights on books and media by creating reviews in a variety of formats. You can also apply to join our Teen Advisory Group to help us develop programs and services for your fellow teens. Find out more information, visit Programs for Teens.

The Friends of the Library need volunteers to help sort donated books throughout the year and to staff their Book Sales.

The Visiting Library Service uses volunteer drivers to deliver books to homebound members in the City of Peterborough.

Career Opportunities

To see and apply for available jobs at the library, check out the City of Peterborough Careers page of their website. 

If you are curious about what we do at the Library, check out these short job descriptions:


  • Cleans all library branches
  • Assists with regular maintenance
  • Maintains library property in all seasons (includes shovelling snow, raking, and cutting grass)
  • Sets up rooms as requested by renters


  • Checks library items in and out
  • Handles cash, records any fines or charges paid, and issues receipts
  • Registers new library members and updates their accounts
  • Processes and repairs library items
  • Answers library members questions


  • May have a focus in Children's, Adult, Collections or Access services
  • Provides advanced or complex information assistance to the public
  • Plans and delivers library programs
  • Purchases and evaluates library materials
  • Investigates new trends in technology and digital products
  • Assists in testing best practices and new technologies
  • Participates in external committees or associations and in library special events

Marketing & Communications

  • Coordinates and produces marketing materials for the library
  • Investigates new trends in marketing and communication tools
  • Assists in testing best practices and new technologies
  • Coordinates and monitors social media accounts
  • Participates in external committees or associations
  • Advocates for the library


  • Non-union positions
  • Includes both the Library Services Manager and the Library CEO
  • Develops library policies and procedures
  • Prepares reports and collects statistical data
  • Manages the annual budget
  • Advocates for the library


  • Sorts and shelves books and other library materials
  • Shelf reads to check that library materials are in order
  • Straightens and tidies library shelves, tables and chairs
  • Cleans and inspects library materials
  • Provides brief and directional information to library members


May have a focus in Circulation or Custodial services

  • Responsible for routine maintenance and desk duties
  • Schedules desk shifts for staff


  • Provides reference assistance and readers advisory to library members
  • Helps community members use the library, the website, and its resources
  • Prepares reports and collect statistical data
  • Catalogues, orders and/or processes library materials
  • Creates marketing materials
  • Plans and delivers library programs