Volunteer

From shelving books at your local library to instructing an Internet training session, volunteering at the library strengthens the community.

Volunteering is as flexible as your schedule. Last year, more than 1,200 volunteers gave more than 40,000 hours of their time to the library system.

If you are...

  • patient
  • dependable

If you have...

  • a sense of humor
  • a strong attention to detail
  • a genuine desire to help the community through volunteer service

If you . . .

  • Love libraries, reading, books, learning
  • Enjoy meeting a wide variety of new people
  • Communicate effectively with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds

. . . then check out volunteer opportunities at a library near you!

Complete the form and either email it to ghannef at tulsalibrary dot org, or mail to:

Volunteer Coordinator
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

or drop it off at your local library if you wish to volunteer at that location.  Call 549-7408 for more information.

Are you between the ages of 13 and 15 and interested in volunteering for the library? Why not apply to be a part of the Teen Team?

Literacy Volunteers

The Library's Adult Literacy Service offers one-on-one tutoring to adults and young adults (16+) who wish to improve their reading and writing skills.  Our tutors are people from the community.  Our tutors are people who find that a couple hours a week spent helping someone learn to read -- helping someone better his or her life -- is time well spent.  Our tutors are people like you.

Of course, it's not easy.  Tutoring takes time, patience, planning, patience, flexibility, caring, and patience.  Did we mention patience?  In addition to possessing these qualities, our tutors must fulfill these more specific requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete our free 12-hour tutor training.  The training is usually divided into 4, 3-hour classes.  See the current workshop schedule.
  • Commit to tutor for a minimum of one year.  Yes, you may have to miss a week here and there for graduations, illness, vacations, etc.  However, working one-on-one takes trust and understanding, which take time to develop.  For someone learning to read, having to switch tutors often can be discouraging, even overwhelming.  Adult learners need a partner who is willing to stick with them.
  • Devote 1 or more hours per week to tutoring.  Meeting times and places may be arranged for the convenience of you and your student.  Pairs usually meet at a library or other public facility.
  • Be 18 years or older and a high school graduate or GED recipient.
  • Read and write at an 8th grade level.
  • Pass a criminal history background check.