The library welcomes volunteers for both ongoing and occasional projects. However, we cannot guarantee volunteer work is available at any given time. Preference will be given to Northborough residents and students who attend Algonquin Regional High School.

Please complete our volunteer application and bring it to the Library to get started.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you about current opportunities.  For more information, please refer to our Volunteer Policy or call us at 508-393-5025 ext. 5.
Ongoing need:
  • Shelving "elves” – people to be sure our books are in the correct Dewey Decimal or alphabetical order, and that the shelves are neat. Contact Deb Hersh (adult section), Katrina Ireland (children’s section), or Bonny Krantz (teen section). 
  • Yard workers -- people to pick up trash all around the library and library lot.
  • Toy cleaners in Children’s Room – Straighten play area, wash and sanitize children’s play things
Upcoming projects:
  • Minecraft Club facilitator: A volunteer in grades 10-12 to help out in Minecraft Club (March-June 2017). Will be expected to act as supervisor and will aid club members in activities. Should have flexible availability during program dates. Preference given to volunteers who attend the Informational Meeting on Feb. 6th, 7 - 7:30pm, in the Teen Room. Contact Bonny Krantz in Teen Services ( for more information.
Occasional projects:
  • (May - August) Help with the summer reading club registrations and check-ins. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room. Mandatory training sessions are typically held in June.
  • Book washers. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room.
  • Book sale helpers: set up, sales, replenishing stock, take down and clean up. Contact Friends of the Library.
  • Basket Raffle donors, ticket takers. This fundraiser usually takes place in the spring. Contact Friends of the Library or the Checkout Desk for assignment of volunteer time.
  • The Friends of the Library often have positions available, such as membership chairperson, recording secretary, book sale coordinator, and the like. Contact the President of the Friends.  
Make Your Own Opportunity:
  • If you have a particular skill or talent, consider running a children’s or teen program. Teach a craft or a game; demonstrate a hobby. 
  • Teach a class to adults: digital photography, cooking, using e-Bay. Talk about your travels.  Contact Chris Lindquist ( or call 508 393-5025 ext. 9 with your idea. 
  • Share your skill and time: refinish or upholster library furniture, weed and water the yard, make and distribute posters, write publicity releases.