Volunteer with Literacy Help & Upgrading and English Language Learning at the Library

Help shape your community and have a real impact on people's lives

Halifax Public Libraries provides outstanding service, resources, and experiences to our community. By actively investing in the lives of our community members, we serve as a launch point for growth, and we embrace this with pride. 

Every individual in our community wants to thrive and contribute. By volunteering with Halifax Public Libraries, you have the opportunity to contribute your unique voice and talents to make a real impact on people's lives. 

Volunteer with Literacy Help & Upgrading

Once a week, you'll meet with an adult learner for 2-3 hours to help them build confidence and skills in reading or math—perhaps helping them prepare for an educational milestone, like the GED. You'll be working with adults (19 years or older) who have been out of school for at least one year.

We'll help you tailor your sessions for people with a range of skills. For example, you'll be prepared to support a partner based on their needs, whether they are learning sound-letter relationships for the first time, or reading at a junior high school level.

Our Adult Literacy Program is offered in partnership with the Halifax Community Learning Networkopens a new window which provides training for tutors throughout the year. Working with you, our program coordinator will decide on a training plan to ensure you have all the tools needed to be a successful Literacy & Upgrading Tutor. 

Click here for more information about volunteering with Literacy Help & Upgrading. 

Volunteer with English Language Learning 

The English Language Learning (ELL) program requires volunteers to meet for just a few hours a week to help people overcome language barriers and build cultural understanding. You'll be working with people from all over the world. Last year, more than 400 adults speaking 30 different first languages participated! 

We offer a series of workshops for our ELL Volunteers including: 

  • ELL Basics
  • Cultural Awareness Training
  • ESL Literacy
  • Goal Setting and Lesson Planning

Our program coordinator will work with you to determine which workshops and training plans are best for you.

Click here for more information about volunteering with ELL.