Volunteering

Support the community we're all a part of by volunteering at BPL. We welcome applications from those 14 years of age or older. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at the Café and at least 19 years old to volunteer with the Visiting Library Service or as an English Conversation Circle Facilitator.

Current Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • French Connexion Facilitator
  • Lego Robotics
  • Teen Advisory Board - Openings are available to students at the following schools: Nouvelle-Alliance, St. Joe's, Romeo Dallaire, St. Joan of Arc and Unity Christian
  • Teen Reviewers - special application coming soon

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Site Crew, Dock Marshall, Green Team Member...if these sound like positions for you, please head to the Barrie Dragon Boat website to sign up to volunteer at the 2018 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival  http://barriedragonboatfestival.ca/volunteers/

Learn more about our current opportunities.

Teen Reviewer

Starting June 1, teens can earn community service hours by writing reviews on books, movies, video games, audiobooks or graphic novels in our collection. We're in the process of creating a special application form for this position - please check back soon!  Do not use the online application form below to apply for this position. 

How to Apply

Please review the following steps carefully 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, fill out our online 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 3 months, your application will be deleted from our system.

Step 5 - When your references are received, our Coordinator of Volunteer Resources will be in touch to schedule an in-person interview. Interviews take place at the Downtown Branch and last around 30 minutes.

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, we’ll provide a letter for you to complete a police check if required for the position you’re applying for.

Step 7 - Sign the volunteer waiver and complete the online AODA training. Both documents will be provided at the interview if you are successful.

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 volunteer orientation and training.

Volunteer Positions

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.  

  • Café Customer Service Clerk
  • Children's Program Volunteer
  • Circle of Readers
  • Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
  • English Conversation Circle Facilitator
  • French Reading Club Assistant
  • Lego Robotics Volunteer
  • Shelf Reading Volunteer
  • Tech Program Assistant
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
  • Visiting Library Service

For more information on these positions please visit our volunteering website