Join Our Team
Be part of our elite corps of dedicated volunteers! You can make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community by sharing your time, talent and skills at the Chesapeake Public Library.
- Explore a New Job
- Build Professional Experience
- Meet New People
- Give Back to your Community
If you are interested in volunteering at the library, we are looking for individuals ages 12 and above who are willing to help on a one-time basis or to make a regular commitment. Submitting a volunteer application does not guarantee a volunteer position.
How to Volunteer?
Adults (18 and older)
You must apply to volunteer by filling out the application on the City of Chesapeake’s job website. Choose Search Postings and select Volunteer Program from the Job Title drop down menu.
Teens (ages 12-18)
Want to meet new people? Give back to your community? Learn job skills? All while having fun? Become a teen volunteer at the Chesapeake Public Library.
Pick up a volunteer application from your local branch library's Youth Services Department or download a copy here. Indicate the areas you are interested in volunteering for - Summer Reading, special events, shelving books and more. Return the completed application to your local branch library’s Youth Services Department by email, mail, fax or in person.
If you are only applying to be volunteer during the Summer Reading Program, we will begin accepting applications on May 1.
Court-Ordered Community Service
If you are arranging court-ordered community service hours, please contact Library Administration at 757-410-7107
For questions about our volunteer programs, please contact the Library Volunteer Coordinator at 757-410-7107.
Check out our featured volunteers! We couldn't do it without them.
Our Volunteer Groups
Note: These are specific groups that provide volunteers and service to the library. For those interested in volunteering outside of these groups, please see the information on how to apply above.
Teen Advisory Group
The Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) is a library sponsored volunteer organization for community conscious teens, ages 12-17. Teens involved in T.A.G. will take on leadership roles in children’s programs, assist in designing and implementing teen programs and may even play a role in choosing materials (Books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) for the library. Join T.A.G. today for a variety of enriching opportunities like meeting new people, gaining important job skills and giving back to your community.
If you have any questions about T.A.G. or would like to apply to be a member please contact your local branch library.
Friends of the Library
The Friends are a group of library advocates dedicated to enhancing the Chesapeake Public Library System by providing raising funds to purchase equipment and materials that are not funded through the regular library budget. In addition, they sponsor special programs, and advocate for strong library support.
Our Friends know the value of the Chesapeake Public Library System and they have made it their mission to ensure that our libraries will be able to provide the truly "special" programs to our residents. The Friends give an amazing $30,000+ each year in support of special programs at Chesapeake Public Library. Their financial backing has helped us expand and enhance the Summer Reading Program, now serving more than 10,000 children, teens, and adults.
The Friends are always looking for new members to help with book sales and other projects. For more information on the Friends, please see our Friends of the Library page.
The Chesapeake Library Board is an advisory board that is appointed by City Council. The Board provides input to the City Manager, Library Director, and City Council concerning matters relating to the conduct, improvement, and support of the Chesapeake Public Library. (City Code Sec 2-326)
For more information on the Library Board, please see our Library Board page.
The Library Foundation was incorporated in 1998 as a tax-exempt, charitable, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, designed to provide funding that complements the City's support for continued operation of the library. The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) Foundation seeks contributions to support the library's important collection of books and materials and to increase learning opportunities for the City's growing population.
For more information, please see our Library Foundation page.
Norfolk County Historical Society
The Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Virginia was organized on October 10, 1963, the same year that the City of Chesapeake was formed through the merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk. The society is committed to the preservation and dissemination of the history of the City of Chesapeake and surrounding areas. It is a tax-exempt corporation chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
For more information, please see our Norfolk County Historical Society page.