Notice 8/23/21: Per Cook County Department of Public Health, masks are required for everyone indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. 
Disposable masks are available at service desks.  If you cannot wear a mask or are not ready to visit at this time,
please use Curbside Pickup, Home Delivery, our Digital Collections, or contact us to see how we can assist you.  Thank you.


Please note:  Due to Covid, the Library is not currently taking volunteers at this time.

Would you like to make a difference in your community and help out at your public library? Or maybe you are a student who needs volunteer hours for church or school? Then we welcome you to volunteer with us!

While not always available, the Elmwood Park Public Library has various volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including assisting us with events and programs, special projects, shelving, cleaning, and other tasks.

If you are interested in volunteering, please print and fill out a Library Volunteer Application and return it to the Circulation Desk. This will help you determine if we have the sorts of tasks that you are interested in doing, and helps us determine if you have the availability and interests that are compatible with our schedule and needs. Please keep in mind that while we will do our best to contact you regarding your application, there is no guarantee you will hear from us if we have nothing compatible at this time. (Please see our Volunteer Policy)

Thanks for your interest in helping us out!


Kids & Teens Volunteers

The Kids & Teens Department is happy to offer volunteer opportunities during the the school year, as they are available. Selected students will gain credit hours and the chance to receive letters of recommendation for job and school applications. If interested, please fill out our general Library Volunteer Application and return it to the Circulation Desk.

Students in grades 7-12 are also invited to participate in the Library's Teen Advisory Board. This group of teens meets once a month during the school year. The Young Adult Council also hosts several charity events throughout the year, supporting local organizations, and provides input on teen programming and materials.


Friends College Scholarship for Volunteers

A scholarship application and pen surrounded by books and notebooks.Have you been an active volunteer at the Library?  And are you also graduating high school and thinking of continuing your schooling?  

The Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library offer one $500 scholarship each year (or two depending on financial availability) to an Elmwood Park young adult who will be attending their first year of college or trade school, and has been an active volunteer with the Elmwood Park Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Click to download the PDF of the Information Sheet & Application to learn more and apply.


Community Service Hours

The Library does not accept individuals referred to the Library by law enforcement or criminal justice agencies for community service hours.

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