Make a Difference in Your Community


Thank you for your interest in volunteering! For over 40 years, volunteers have been the heart and soul of our organization. Each year hundreds of volunteers donate their time to support the Friends of the Library. Every volunteer makes a measurable impact in the funds that Friends raises for the Library's life-enriching programs and services. Friends offers many rewarding volunteer opportunities for individuals, and high school, college, corporate, or community groups of any size.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Gain valuable skills and experience in retail, customer service, event planning, sales, and fulfillment

  • Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow book lovers and library supporters

  • Contribute your time and talent in support of our outstanding library system


Annual Fall and Spring Used Book Sales

We rely on hundreds of volunteers each fall and spring to help make the largest used book sales in Oregon a huge success! Volunteers help set up, pack up, monitor and stock tables, sign-in and welcome other volunteers, assist at the information table, serve as cashiers, and other important tasks. 

Our Fall Used Book Sale is October 4–7, 2019, with set-up shifts on Thursday, October 3. Sign up today! Please email if you have any questions.

Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, Portland


Book Room - M, W, F 9am-noon

Help us sort and inventory all of our donated items so that we can sell them online, at the Friends Library Store and at the fall, spring and holiday Book Sales. Prior experience working with books preferred. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. a huge plus!

Shifts: 3+ hour shift anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Location: Isom Building, 216 NE Knott St., Portland


Friends Library Store - all positions filled

Help us staff the Friends Library Store at Central Library. Duties include operating an iPad point of sale system, stocking books and merchandise, and greeting and assisting shoppers. Retail or customer service experience preferred but not required. Must be 18 years of age or older. Due to the training and level of responsibility involved in this ongoing volunteer activity, we ask volunteers to make a six-month commitment.

Shifts:  During open store hours daily; evening shifts 5–8 p.m.

Location: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland


Board Member

Friends of the Library Board members serve 3 year terms and provide oversight, governance, advocacy support and financial management to the organization. The commitment includes monthly Board and committee meetings and activities as scheduled by the respective committee chairs. Members are expected to commit time to Book Sales and to serve on one or more of the following committees: Book Sale, Membership, Marketing, Finance, Nominations, and Community Events.

Please check back in early 2020 for the next application deadline.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Friends of the Library. For more information, contact Lisa Jordan, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator, 503-445-4903, 

We also encourage you to check out the volunteer opportunities offered by Multnomah County Library