Volunteering at the Library

Many branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library use volunteer helpers. The Volunteer Program at Kingston Frontenac Public Library creates opportunities for individuals to voluntarily extend their services to support the library without receiving any remuneration.

Volunteers supplement the work of paid staff by straightening materials on shelves, watering plants, participating in the Teen Advisory Groups/Teen Advisory Board, and driving for our shut-in service.

Availability of Volunteer Opportunities

When there is a need to welcome more volunteers at our branches we will advertise on our website for the volunteer opportunity and at that time will accept applications for the opportunity.


If you are 14 or older and willing to make a commitment of at least 3 months then you would be eligible to apply.


We ask volunteers to have a library card or a family library card in the case of our teen volunteers. We ask volunteers to have a library card or a family library card in the case of our teen volunteers. We also require our volunteers to provide an up to date Criminal Record Check (for the Vulnerable sector). The cost of the CRC will be refunded by the library. The Teen Review Board does not require a CRC.

Current Opportunities

Teen Advisory Group

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2018/19 Teen Advisory Groups at the Calvin Park, Isabel Turner, Pittsburgh, and Rideau Heights branches.

Activities for the groups will begin in September. Teens who will be in grades nine to twelve this fall are eligible to apply.

To apply, download the brochure and complete the application form:

Teen Advisory Group

Teen Review Board

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2017-2018 Teen Review Board from across Kingston and the Townships of Frontenac.

TRB members write reviews of KFPL books, movies, video games and music from home. There are no meetings, and no scheduled hours.

Teen Review Board

Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo provides a fun and welcoming environment for children and youth to develop computer coding skills for web, app, and game design. Volunteer mentors share their coding expertise with the participants and mentor and motivate them through the learning process.

Download the full description of the Coder Dojo volunteer program.

New Adult Advisory Board (NAAB)

The NAAB is a volunteer opportunity for youth ages 18-30. As a NAAB member you will:

  • plan and promote programs for new adults
  • participate in community events
  • recommend books, magazines, music, DVDs, and other materials for the library to purchase
  • assist staff in developing a Summer Reading Challenge for adults

Download the full description of the New Adult Advisory Board (NAAB) volunteer program.​

Reading Buddies

We are currently welcoming teen volunteers interested in collaborating with library staff to deliver one-on-one reading support and fun literacy activities for children in Grades 1 through 3. The Reading Buddies program will run at our Calvin Park and Rideau Heights branches.

Download the full description of the Reading Buddies volunteer program.

Links and Partnership

KAAAV (Kingston & Area Association of Administrators of Volunteers)

Volunteer Canada

United Way, Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington, Volunteer Centre

Friends of the Library

Another opportunity for volunteering is with the Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library is a charitable organization which fosters understanding and appreciation of the 16 branches in our public library system by raising funds to enhance services, materials and equipment not provided by public funding.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the Friends of the Library please visit the Friends of the Library page.