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Volunteer Opportunities

Lend a hand at your local library in one of the following volunteer positions.

Adult Literacy
Children's Reading Support
English Language Learning for Adults

Home Delivery Services
Immigrant Services (English Conversation Groups)
Teen volunteer opportunities

Adult Literacy

Right now, about 12 million Canadian adults have trouble reading and writing. By becoming a volunteer tutor you can help people in your community improve their basic literacy skills.

Positions are available at the following locations:

About you:

  • No experience is necessary
  • Grade 12 education or more is required
  • You are able to commit to a scheduled two-to-three hour weekly time commitment for at least three months

Training and support are available for all adult literacy volunteers.

Check out Adult Literacy program schedules and more detailed information.

To apply, please complete the form below:

Adult Literacy Program Volunteer Application 2017-18

Completed applications can be submitted in person, email, by mail, or by fax.

Sandy Crocker
Adult Literacy & ESL Coordinator
60 Alderney Gate Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Phone: (902) 490-6378
FAX: (902) 490-5762
Email: crockes@halifax.ca

Children's Reading Support

If you love reading and children, you may want to become a Children's Reading Support volunteer tutor. Reading Support volunteers help elementary school-aged children develop their reading and learning skills. Tutoring sessions take place at the Library and volunteers work one hour each week.

Positions are available at the following locations:

About you:

  • No experience is necessary
  • You are able to commit to a two-to-three hour weekly time commitment from September - June

To apply, please complete the form below:

External Application for Volunteer Opportunities

Completed applications can be submitted in person to:

Lana Pinsky
Halifax North Memorial Public Library
(902) 490-5779

English Language Learning (ELL) for Adults

With a two to three hour weekly time commitment, you can help adult s in your community improve their English language skills.

Positions are available at the following locations:

Check out English Language Learning program schedules and more detailed information.

About you:

  • No experience is necessary
  • You are able to commit to a scheduled two-to-three hour weekly time commitment for at least three months

To apply, please complete the form below:

ELL for Adults Program Volunteer Application 2017-18

Completed applications can be submitted in person, email, by mail, or by fax.

Sandy Crocker
Adult Literacy & ESL Coordinator
60 Alderney Gate Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Phone: (902) 490-6378
Fax: (902) 490-5762
Email: crockes@halifax.ca

Home Delivery Services

Are you friendly and outgoing? Would you like to bring the joy of reading to members of your community?

Home Delivery is a free service available to residents who are unable to visit a library branch due to a disability, long-term illness, or caregiver responsibilities.  Every three weeks, Home Delivery volunteers pick up pre-packaged selections of library materials for delivery to several Home Delivery clients.  Returns are collected and brought back to the library. Training will be provided. Volunteers provide their own vehicle and gas.

Volunteers work at the following branches:

To apply, please complete the following:

To find out more, visit Home Delivery Services.

Immigrant Services:
English Conversation Groups

The Library's conversation groups for newcomers and immigrants are facilitated by experienced volunteers. Available positions fluctuate through out the year. Contact Tatjana to find out where your help is needed most.

Participating branches:

About You:

  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge about local culture and life
  • Experience in ESL, group facilitation, or tutoring
  • Commitment of 3 months

You will benefit from:

  • Creating a sense of belonging for immigrants and newcomers
  • Gaining some valuable skills and experience
  • Learning about new cultures and customs
  • Having a fun and rewarding time

To apply, please complete the two forms below:

Immigrant Services Programs Volunteer Application Form

External Application Form

Completed applications can be submitted in person, by mail, or by fax.

By email: send to Tatjana at samardt@halifax.ca

In person: deliver to Alderney Gate Public Library and address the application to the attention of Tatjana Samardzic

By fax: 902-490-5762

By mail:
Tatjana Samardzic
c/o Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 4P8

For inquiries, call Tatjana at 902-817-6132 or email Tatjana at samardt@halifax.ca

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Learn more about Immigrant Services.

For your information

Volunteers are selected in alignment with the Library's Volunteer Policy.

You must undergo a criminal record check before beginning work as a Halifax Public Libraries volunteer. The criminal records check and authorization will not be required until after interviews are conducted. For more information, see the Library’s Criminal Record Check Policy.

Check out these great volunteer opportunities! To apply, submit an application form to your local library.