InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Thurs., July 7 due to floor refinishing.


The library accepts applications for positions that are listed and open.
Fill out a volunteer application and

  • Drop it off at the library where you wish to volunteer; or
  • Email it to:; or
  • Place it in the drop box near the lobby of East Library or Library 21c

Volunteer Opportunities - Adults

"Green Thumb" Volunteers

Gardeners will meet weekly to help prepare and maintain the downtown Carnegie Garden. The garden was created by volunteers for the enjoyment of the public. Gardening tasks will include:
• Soil preparation, mulching, weeding, watering and working as a team with other volunteers
Carnegie Library downtown adjacent to Penrose Library
Please call 531-6333 x 2322 for date of first meeting and schedule.

Days and hours will vary

"Lunch and a Movie" Hosts/Hostesses - 21c

Serve and enjoy a movie too! This volunteer will: greet patrons; supervise and hand out popcorn, napkins and lemonade; quiet people who might be loud and slightly disruptive; perform light clean up after the movie. Ability to operate volume on DVD projector/equipment and solve minor malfunctions.

3rd Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

"Speak English!" Facilitators

Speak English is an informal conversation group for adults with intermediate or better English language skills. Experience facilitating small groups is preferred. One year commitment.

Complete an application and return to the Literacy Office at Penrose Library.


AfterMath Tutors

Tutors will assist students of all ages with K-college-level math topics depending upon your skill and comfort level such as: fractions, decimals, percentages, pre- and Algebra 1&2, geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus. After-school hours during the school year.

Complete and return an AfterMath volunteer application where you wish to serve.

Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. during the school year
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. during the school year
Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year
Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m. during the school year
Saturdays, 10 - Noon all year

ESL and Adult Literacy Tutors

Share your love of education with others! Tutor an adult once a week for 2 hours. You and the student get to choose a schedule that works for both of you. Work one-on-one with an adult to improve their reading, writing, comprehension or English language skills. There is a 1 year minimum time period when paired with a student. No teaching experience is required. Training is required and is located at Penrose Library.

Please contact the Literacy Office at or 719-531-6333 x2224 for upcoming training dates.

Please complete an application and return it to the Literacy Office at Penrose Library.


ESL/GED Classroom Assistants

Assist an ESL or GED class instructor once or twice a week (mornings or evenings) in a classroom setting assisting instructor and students in classroom activities. Six month commitment.


Friends Book Store Clerks

Help out at the newly remodeled Friends Book Stores at Penrose, Library 21c, and East Libraries. Volunteers staff the book store, display books, process cash register sales, accept book donations, give out Friends memberships and help customers.


Friends Online Book Scanners

Have a couple of hours free every week? Friends seeks detail-oriented, tech-savvy volunteers to scan book donations and discards for books to sell on Friends Amazon store. Use your own smart phone, we’ll provide the training.

Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday: 9 a.m. - noon or 1 – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holds Processors

Serve behind the scenes a few hours per week to assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Volunteers will (tasks vary from branch to branch) locate, and retrieve books on the shelves, or empty bins, discharge items with a computer device, shelve materials on the HOLDS shelves or book truck, and/or place materials in bins to go to other libraries.

Inquire for openings at (719) 260-3650
Inquire for openings at (719) 884-9000 x6333
Mornings or afternoons

Movie Time for English Language Learners

Informal group where learners watch a movie, stop at a natural pause point, and discuss in English what they did or did not understand. Experience facilitating a small group is preferred. One year commitment.


Speak Italian, Mandarin - East Library and Library 21c

Volunteer foreign language instructors will teach monthly beginning-language classes to a small group. Proficiency in speaking and writing language other than English is required. Experience teaching small groups preferred.

  • Monthly for 2 hours of instruction, possibly additional hours for preparation
  • Please specify days and times available on volunteer application

Volunteer Opportunities - PPLD Teens

Children/Teen Program Assistants

  • Assist with children/teen programs
  • Help children with crafts

Fast Track

20 hours or fewer for school, scouts or NHS


Review Crew

The Review Crew is a way for teens (ages 12-18) to earn volunteer hours by writing qualifying reviews to be published on PPLD Teens website. Check out some of our book reviews at for examples.

Fill out a Review Crew Participation Form

Please return this SIGNED Review Crew Participation Form in person at any Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Location or scan and email to

1 qualifying book review = 1 hour volunteer service

Study Buddies

Teen volunteers – 13-17 - will help students in grades K – 5 with homework or reading practice.

  • Assist students with a range of elementary school homework topics including reading, English, history, science and math.

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board meet monthly or more to suggest topics, and plan and host programs and services for teens.