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Volunteer Opportunities

One of our primary needs is for volunteers who would like to assist library visitors in our Reading Room. These volunteers greet visitors, retrieve and re-shelve materials, make photocopies, guide researchers in the use of our collection, and answer researchers’ questions. Training is provided, and staff is always available to assist volunteers. Researchers routinely comment on the friendly and knowledgeable guidance they receive from our dedicated group of volunteers. Experience with genealogy or archival research is not necessary, but is certainly welcome.

Volunteers working on behind-the-scenes projects help us to make our collection readily accessible to researchers. A variety of projects are available on an ongoing basis, including describing original materials, entering information into our cataloging program, digitizing photographs and other documents, organizing materials, answering genealogy research requests, and basic tasks such as filing, copying and collating documents. Other special projects are always available, so if you have an interest in something specific, please ask what our current needs are.

If you have a specific skill, such as knowledge of a foreign language or extensive knowledge of a particular historical topic, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss possible projects that utilize your skill.

Volunteers receive initial training and orientation, but are then free to work independently at their own pace. Staff is always available to answer questions and provide guidance.

Community Service Opportunities

Individuals who need community service hours to comply with a court order or probation requirement, please call. Do not submit an online application. Please specify that you are seeking community service hours for these purposes. Limited volunteer opportunities are available, primarily filing or other clerical duties. Applicable background checks required by state law and the York County History Center policy.