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Join our volunteer team & help out your community! 

Welcome, Volunteers!

As a volunteer at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, you are joining men and women, from teens to senior citizens, who share their time and talents as members of our team. Volunteering means different things to different people.

Volunteers can make a difference in any agency. We are committed to the development of volunteer positions that are satisfying to the individual and beneficial to the overall mission of the Library. Our success depends on the teamwork involving the coordinator, the volunteer and the staff, working together in pursuit of a common goal.

Volunteering will offer you a personal opportunity for growth and fulfillment. Volunteering at the Library allows you to step outside of your daily routine and enter a new and challenging environment. Regardless of your lifestyle, volunteering can enrich your life. Rewards of volunteering include friendship, recognition, education and genuine satisfaction in a job well done.

Beginning in early 2023! Volunteers that are 60 years and older have the additional opportunity to participate in the Give Back Go Forward program that incentivizes community service among Ohioans 60 years and older by offering the opportunity to earn free college tuition with The Ohio State University. 

Ohio seniors enrolled in this program who complete 100 or more community service hours at a designated nonprofit in one years’ time can earn a voucher for three free undergraduate credit hours. To learn more about Give Back Go Forward, please go here

Adult Literacy Program Volunteer Opportunity

Our literacy volunteers should be empathetic and caring people who are excited to help others achieve their goals. You must commit to at least one ten-week session at the Library, consisting of one-hour weekly lessons, and be trained in the necessary tutoring skills and methods. You will receive three hour-long tutor sessions from our Literacy Instructor, as well as assistance throughout the session including teaching resources and lesson plans.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Willing to undergo a background check
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Satisfactorily complete three hours of tutor training instruction

Find out more about the Adult Literacy Program here or apply online here.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at M/RCPL email: or click the Volunteer Application button at the top of this page. Applications can be emailed to, mailed to Mansfield/Richland County Public Library 43 West 3rd St. Mansfield, OH 44902 ATTN: Mary Frankenfield or you may bring your completed application in to any Library location.