Support your library

Volunteer, join a local Friends chapter, donate materials or make a financial donation. There are many ways to support the library you love.

Adult volunteers

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We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults. Support your library’s daily operations, programs and services.

How to apply
  1. Check out the current volunteer opportunities.
  2. Complete a volunteer application.
  3. View the online orientation.
  4. Schedule an interview.

Questions? Call Volunteer Services at 612-543-8633. The phone line is staffed Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 24 hours.

Omnitheater tickets

Library volunteers who have worked hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Omnitheater at the Science Museum as well as free admission to the museum. 

Learn more about getting tickets

Web usability sessions

Volunteers needed to participate in usability sessions to help improve the library website. 

Learn more about web usability sessions

To fulfill a requirement for court, probation or a diversion program, community service volunteer hours may be available at Hennepin County libraries for youth (ages 12 and older) and adults, depending on location, time needed, and volunteer openings. All positions require good organizational and communication skills.

In order for your request to be processed, your court case must be in Hennepin County, and you must complete the application a minimum of two weeks prior to your deadline for hours. 

How to apply
  1. Complete an online application for community service.
  2. The volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Call 612-543-8579 if you haven't been contacted within 5 days.

If you are a college student applying for service learning hours, please use the adult volunteer application.

Local Friends groups are volunteer, membership-based organizations at individual libraries. Varied in size and activities, all share a common goal of supporting and advocating for their local libraries.

Learn more about joining your local Friends group

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Teen volunteers

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We have volunteer opportunities for youth ages 12-19. Positions vary depending on the library.

How to apply
  1. Check with your local Hennepin County library about volunteer opportunities for teens.
  2. If there are volunteer openings, complete the teen volunteer application (PDF) and bring it to the library.
  3. A library staff member will contact you.

Questions? Call Volunteer Services at 612-543-8633.

Omnitheater tickets

Library volunteers who have worked hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Omnitheater at the Science Museum as well as free admission to the museum. 

Learn more about getting tickets

To fulfill a requirement for court, probation or a diversion program, community service volunteer hours may be available at Hennepin County libraries for youth (ages 12 and older) and adults, depending on location, time needed, and volunteer openings. All positions require good organizational and communication skills.

In order for your request to be processed, your court case must be in Hennepin County and you must complete the application a minimum of two weeks prior to your deadline for hours.

How to apply
  1. Complete an online application for community service.
  2. The volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Call 612-543-8579 if you haven't been contacted within 5 days.

If you are a teen applying for school volunteer hours, please use the teen volunteer application (PDF).

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Donations

Financial donations

Library supporters are encouraged to make financial donations to Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

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Donating books and other materials

Hennepin County Library accepts donations to enhance the library collection. Before taking materials to a library, please contact the library for more information and to confirm that donations are currently being accepted.

Learn more about donating books and other materials