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Volunteer at a Jefferson Parish Library
Now accepting applications


What is a volunteer?
  vol·un·teer  [vol-uhn-teer]
  1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking
  2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. (

can i volunteer?


If you are a student between the ages of 13-18 you are welcome to apply to be a teen volunteer.


We want volunteers that are self-motivated, friendly, fun-loving, and interested in working with the public.

  JPL is not accepting adult volunteers at this time, however the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library do welcome adult volunteers. They can be contacted at (504) 455-2665 or for more information.
  Jefferson Parish Library does not accept court-appointed community service volunteers of any age.

how do i get started?


Download and fill out the teen volunteer application (see below). Don't forget it must be signed by a parent/guardian.

  Return your completed application to one of the following Jefferson Parish Library locations.
East Bank West Bank
East Bank Regional* West Bank Regional*
Lakeshore Belle Terre
Old Metairie Westwego
North Kenner  

*If applying at East Bank Regional or West Bank Regional, applications must be returned before or on a deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Please see below for a list of deadlines.


will i get training?

Yes, depending on the location where you want to volunteer you will either train individually with library staff or attend a mandatory orientation.

  Each Regional library location requires all new teen volunteers to attend a mandatory orientation.

what will i be doing?
  Volunteers may be asked to complete any number of tasks. These tasks may include, but are not limited to:
  • Shelving of library materials
  • Straightening of library materials on shelf
  • Assist with children's programs, crafts, summer reading program, Primetime, etc.
  • Help staff as needed

what else do i need to know before applying?
  Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
  Knowledge of:
  • Alphabetical and numerical order
  • Basic use of keyboard and mouse
  • Basic Internet and website navigation
  Ability to:
  • Show up on time
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions
  • Work well with others
  • Communicate clearly with staff and customers of all ages

when should i apply?
  Our smaller library locations usually accept volunteers year round depending on the library's need. Please contact them directly for more information.
  Due to the high volume of applicants, both the East and West Bank Regional libraries require volunteers to submit applications by an assigned deadline for each season. The deadlines are as follows:

East Bank Regional

Spring: January 10th
Summer: May 10th
Fall: September 10th

Please Contact:

Jennifer Bishop, Teen Librarian
(504) 849-8833


West Bank Regional

Summer: May 15th
West Bank Regional is not currently accepting volunteers during the school year.

Please Contact:

Natalie Juneau, Teen Librarian
(504) 364-3974


How do I apply?



Download and print volunteer application here: click here to download a volunteer application graphic
  Return completed applications to the location where you would like to work. Please see above for the list of locations currently accepting volunteers.
  While we will try our best to accommodate volunteers, we do not guarantee the ability to complete all hours required for school if the applicant does not allow a reasonable amount of time for completion.

There are a limited number of teen volunteer positions available, and submission of an application does not guarantee a position in the program.




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JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARY  •  4747 West Napoleon Avenue  •  Metairie, Louisiana 70001-2310
Admin. Phone: (504) 838-1100  •  Admin. Fax: (504) 838-1110  •  Renewal Line: (504) 885-8588
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