Support the community we're all a part of by volunteering at BPL! We welcome applications from those 14 years of age or older. 

Barrie Public Library is committed to providing a safe environment for employees, volunteers and patrons. A policy is currently in place to ensure that all employees and volunteers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to volunteering, all volunteers shall disclose their vaccination status. 

Summer Opportunities

At this time, Barrie Public Library is excited to welcome the community to apply for in-person volunteer opportunities!

Program Assistant 

Summer is just around the corner and Barrie Public Library is recruiting volunteers to assist with our in-branch programs. We also have opportunities for volunteers to join us at outreach events throughout the city.

Some outreach locations will include:

  • Peggy Hill Team Community Centre Park
  • Centennial Park South
  • Lampman Lane Park
  • Bayfield Community Centre
  • Allandale Recreation Centre 
  • Open Air Dunlop
  • Heritage Park

If you are a high energy person who enjoys interacting with families and children, please use the link below to apply today.

Barrie Public Library Volunteer Application → http://bttr.im/tdd7f

**Priority will be given to applicants who are high school students needing community involvement hours**

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Volunteer

Are you someone who would like to volunteer, but aren't interested in a long-term commitment? Do you like the outdoors and being physically active? If so, volunteering with the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival might be the perfect opportunity to get involved. We offer many different roles; from support on the docks, to site set-up and ensuring our event is as safe as possible.

With more than 15 volunteer positions to choose from and hundreds of hours to fill, there are roles for anyone and everyone. Up to 20 volunteer hours can be completed in just one weekend! 

Learn more about our various roles and complete a volunteer application by clicking the link below.

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Volunteer Application → http://bttr.im/yraym

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the opportunities above, we are actively looking for volunteers to fill the following library positions:

BPL LIT (Leaders and Innovative Teens)

This program will allow Teens to develop leadership skills by representing the Barrie Public Library at their schools, in library programs, and at community events. Volunteer hours will be provided to each BPL LIT member for every meeting or activity attended. Meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6pm-8pm and members can join virtually or in person.

Visiting Library Service Delivery Drivers

Visiting Library Service Volunteers make it possible for Barrie Public Library (BPL) to extend its services to library patrons who are confined at home and unable to visit the library in person. They also deliver materials to participating health care institutions. Each volunteer is assigned library patrons and serves as a link between each patron and BPL

To apply for either of the positions listed above click here: http://bttr.im/tdd7f

 If you have any questions prior to applying to become a volunteer, please email: volunteers@barrielibrary.ca

How to Apply

Please read the steps listed below before you begin:

Step 1 - Review the current opportunities to see if you are interested in volunteering with the Barrie Public Library. 

Step 2 – If you are interested in applying for a position, please complete the volunteer application link associated with it. Complete the application form in it's entirety and hit "Submit Application"

Step 3 - Carefully review the email that is sent to you once your application is received.

Step 4 - Ask two people who are not family or close friends to complete a Volunteer Applicant Reference Check for you. Paper copies of the reference check form can be picked up at either branch if needed.

 **If your references are not received within 1 month from the date you apply, your application may be deleted from our system.**

Step 5 - When your references are received, our Coordinator of Volunteer Resources will be in touch to schedule an interview. 

Step 6 - Once the interview is complete and your profile, interests, skills and experiences are evaluated, our Coordinator of Volunteer Resources will determine if you are a suitable candidate. If so, you may be provided a letter for you to complete a police check if one is required for the position you’re applying for.

Step 7 - Sign the volunteer waiver, upload it to your volunteer profile and complete the required online training. Documents and links to training will be provided at the end of your interview.

Step 8 - Once your police check is complete and returned to you (if one is required), contact our Coordinator of Volunteer Resources to set up your position specific training.

Volunteer Positions (Currently on Hold)

We strive to provide a variety of volunteer positions, and the list is always changing. To see a list of positions we’re currently trying to fill, see the top of this page.  

  • English Conversation Circle Facilitator
  • Café Customer Service Clerk
  • Teen Reviewers

Additional volunteer opportunities in the Barrie area can be found by visiting our Information Barrie website