Volunteering

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The Watertown Free Public Library Volunteer Program provides public service opportunities to members of our community. Volunteers provide valuable assistance on projects that may be otherwise neglected because of budgetary limitations. Volunteers generally provide support services to paid staff; work on special projects; or assist with the Library Building Committee Book Store. We will do our best to match applicants with a volunteer position. However, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be selected to volunteer at the library.

Current Opportunities



Engagement Volunteer — Watertown Collective Memory Project

Help make history. Do you love history and believe it should include everyone? Are you a creative thinker and skilled communicator with connections in the community? The library is building a digital collection of Watertown photos and stories from your lifetime to share and preserve for future generations, and we need your help. 

The Watertown Collective Memory Project is looking for volunteers this fall through September 2023 to facilitate contributions by reaching out to their friends and networks, identifying potential digitization day hosts, and pursuing additional opportunities to encourage participation. Volunteers may also assist with other project activities. 

This volunteer opportunity is a good match for outgoing people with Watertown community connections who can commit 5-7 hours a month to the Collective Memory Project.

 Applicants must pass a CORI background check, be over 18, and be able to understand and communicate the goals of the Collective Memory Project. 

To apply, email clittlewood@watertown-ma.gov 



Clerical Volunteer — Reference Department

The library is looking for a volunteer who would like to assist with keeping our magazine/periodicals collection organized. Duties would include shelving and pulling items as well as some light shelving and shelf reading in other areas. Volunteers may also assist with other activities as time permits.

This volunteer opportunity is a good match for people with an interest in libraries who can commit 2 – 5 hours a week. Applicants must pass a CORI background check.

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