Volunteer applications are being accepted at the Chester County Library & Henrietta Hankin Branch on an as needed basis.

You can find examples of volunteer positions here. Due to the high number of applications received, we are unable to respond to each application individually.  All applications remain on file for six months and candidates are contacted as opportunities arise and in the order they are received.

The President's Volunteer Service Award

To Become an Adult Library Volunteer

  • Complete the Online Adult Application Form
  • Ask for an Adult Volunteer Application form at a service desk at either library. Return the form to the Customer Service Desk at either library, or mail it to the address at the top of the form.
  • All volunteer applicants over eighteen years of age, including Court Ordered Community Service applicants, must submit Pennsylvania Child Abuse and Criminal Background clearances before placement can occur. FBI fingerprinting is also required for those who have not resided in the state of Pennsylvania consecutively for the past ten years. The FBI clearance includes a small fee which may or may not be reimbursed by the library.

Teen Volunteer Program

Applications for the Teen Summer Program are closed for Summer 2024. Information about the Summer 2025 program will be announced in February 2025.

We will continue to accept applications for the Teen Drop-in Program and for the bilingual student volunteers on an as needed basis. Please call the Volunteer Coordinator to obtain a Young Adult Application for the Teen Drop-in Program and the bilingual student volunteers at 610-344-4740.

General Information about Teen Volunteers

Each summer, the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch offer a Summer Teen Volunteer program for students who are at least 14 years old at the time of the application and going into 9th grade. Application for the Teen Summer Program are closed for Summer 2024.

We also place students over sixteen for various positions during the school year. These opportunities are announced on the website and posted at local school districts.

When you apply to the Teen Volunteer program, it will provide an opportunity for you to share your talents and skills in a positive way. You can work behind the scenes processing library materials or shelve books; use your organizational skills to help with clerical duties or special projects; demonstrate your creative skills in our Public Relations/Graphics department.  Library volunteering is a great way to fulfill graduation requirements, boost your college resume, and serve your community.


Requirements for the Teen Volunteer program (Chester County Library, Exton):

  • Must be at least 14 years old at the time of the application and going into 9th grade (14 for Youth Services only)
  • Must be available to keep a regular assigned shift in summer and/or during the school year depending on placement
  • Students will be assigned one three-hour shift, one day per week.
  • Applications must contain a student email address and students must initiate their own contact. We will use this email address to contact applicants.

Teen Drop-in and Bilingual Volunteering

For teens needing ten hours or less to complete school services requirements, we might have something for you to help with right away.

We will also provide a letter of completion on the spot.

Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 610-344-4740 to learn more.  Let’s hear from you. You can also fill out an online application here.

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