Volunteer Opportunities

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

Immigrant Services

Halifax Public Libraries is now accepting applications for volunteer Newcomer English Conversation Group facilitators for programs beginning in September, 2016.

Positions are available at the following locations:

  • Alderney Gate
  • Halifax Central Library
  • Bedford Public Library
  • Keshen Goodman
  • Tantallon Public Library

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 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.

Bedford’s newcomer conversation group needs facilitators

Halifax Public Libraries is now accepting applications for volunteer Newcomer English Conversation Group facilitators at the Bedford Public Library.

We are looking for people with great communication and interpersonal skills, and experience in ESL/tutoring and program planning will be a definite asset, especially working with learners who have little or no English.

A time commitment of 3 months is required.

If you would like to help newcomers practice English while learning more about their new community and our cultures and customs, then this position may be the right fit for you.

If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please print off and complete the two forms below.

Immigrant Services Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Application Form

You can drop them off at the Bedford Public Library, "Attention- Hannah Colville," or mail them to:

Hannah c/o Halifax Public Libraries, 60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS. B2Y 4P8.
They can also be FAXED to 902-490-5752.
For enquiries, call Hannah at 490-490-5828 or e-mail

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the volunteer section of the teen web page.

Reading Support

Branches: Halifax North
September - June

If you love reading and children, you may want to become a 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.

For more information contact:

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

To apply, fill out an application form and submit it to:

Lee Outerbridge
Human Resources Manager
Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8

Fax: (902) 490-5850

Adult Literacy

Branches: Captain William Spry, Halifax North Memorial, Keshen Goodman, Halifax Central Library
September to June
Right now, about 12 million Canadian adults have trouble reading and writing. By becoming a volunteer tutor you can help someone in your community improve his or her basic literacy skills. No experience is necessary, and training and support are available.

Check out the Adult Literacy section for program schedules and more detailed information.

To apply, fill out an application form and send it to:

Sandy Crocker
Phone: (902) 490-6378
Adult Literacy & ESL Coordinator
60 Alderney Gate Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8

FAX: (902) 490-5762

English Language Learning (ELL) for Adults

Branches: Alderney Gate, Bedford, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman, Halifax Central Library, Woodlawn
September to June

With a two to three hour weekly time commitment, you can help an adult in your community improve his or her English language skills. No experience is necessary, and training and support are available.

For detailed schedules and contact information, visit the ELL section.

To apply, fill out an application form and submit it to:

Sandy Crocker
Phone: (902) 490-6378
Adult Literacy & ESL Coordinator
60 Alderney Gate Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8

Fax: (902) 490-5762

Home Delivery Services

Branches: Alderney Gate, Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Sackville, Tantallon
Year-round

Bring the joy of reading to your homebound neighbours! Home Delivery volunteers deliver materials for three daytime hours every three weeks. To find out more, visit the Home Delivery section.

Please Note: All Home Delivery volunteer positions are currently filled.

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.