Volunteer at the library

Become a Volunteer

We appreciate and value the time and effort given by our volunteers. Over the past year our volunteers supported our commitment to excellence by contributing over 10,000 hours of time to the library.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be in grade nine or above.
  • Volunteers must successfully complete a volunteer application and skills assessment.
  • Volunteer opportunities do not require a current Naperville Public Library card.
  • Volunteer tasks and schedules vary. Specific departments may require a background check.

Fill out a Naperville Public Library Volunteer Application and Skills Assessment Form onsite and return to the desk prior to leaving the library. The library strives to place every applicant; however, volunteer opportunities are limited. Volunteers will be contacted by as opportunities become available and scheduled as needed.

The form is available at:

Volunteer Contact

Volunteering Opportunities in the Community

Teen Volunteers


Volunteer program runs from June 5 to Aug. 11

New this year!
Apply and sign up ONLINE!

for how to APPLY and SIGN UP

APPLY to be a volunteer starting May 1 at 9 a.m.

[Application link will go live here on May 1]

Note: Simply filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance to volunteer. ​You must 1) meet the requirements and 2) sign up for your volunteer activity starting May 13.

SIGN UP ONLINE for your schedule starting May 13 at 9 a.m.

[Sign Up link will go live here on May 13]

  • SIGN UP begins May 13 at 9:00 a.m. for volunteers with a Naperville Public Library card
  • SIGN UP begins May 20 at 9:00 a.m. for volunteers with a reciprocal borrower card


  • Be entering 6th - 12th grade in Fall 2017
  • Have a current Naperville Public Library card
  • Attend an orientation at the library where you will be volunteering - Download the orientation schedule.

Summer Volunteer Activities:

June 5 - Aug. 11
2 hour shifts

  • Explain the program and help participants sign up
  • Distribute reading logs and prizes
  • Assist library staff as needed

June 5 - July 28
1 hour shifts

  • Read with an elementary school student(s) to help develop reading skills
  • Help choose books, take turns reading aloud
  • Assist library staff as needed

June 19 - July 13
1.5 hour shifts

  • Help kids entering kindergarten through 4th grade with STEM activities


We count on you to be at your scheduled time each week. If you will be absent, please login and remove yourself from the shift as soon as possible.
If you need to cancel with less than one week’s notice, please email the library.

Backup List

When you SIGN UP, add yourself to the backup list if you would like more service hours throughout the summer. Each activity at each building has a separate backup list. Staff uses these lists to fill empty shifts.

Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG)


The TAG Team is a group of teens in grades 6-12 who work together with Teen Librarians to make Naperville Public Library a better place for teens. Want to let the Library know how we can make our services better for you and your friends? Join TAG!

TAG members attend monthly meetings. They provide input on various topics, like:

  • What activities are important for the Library to have
  • What books, music, and magazines do you want the library to offer
  • Suggestions for Teen spaces

TAG members can:

  • Earn Community Service Hours
  • Make New Friends
  • Develop Leadership Skills

If you are interested, please print the Teen Advisory Group application form, and turn in the completed form to the Adult Services Desk at the location you would like to apply at. Please note that TAG Team members must have valid Naperville Public Library cards.