Library Specialist with the NYC Department of Homeless Services


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


33 Beaver StreetNew York, NY 10004


Library Pilot Program:

Launched by DHS on March 30, 2015, the Library Pilot Program aims to increase the English literacy rates of NYC family shelter residents. The program institutes libraries within shelters, making reading materials readily available for school-age children and their parents. DHS links shelters to resources like books, electronics, and educational programming from the public library, literacy partners, and private donors. The program partners with 27 shelters and will expand to 30 by December 2016.

Library Specialist Volunteer Role:

The Library Specialist will report to the Shelter Director and DHS AmeriCorps Member and will work closely with other shelter staff to ensure the library program is effective and supports clients with their literacy and educational/vocational needs.


-Act as a liaison between supervisors, clients and other organizations such as the public library to ensure clients access free services available in the community

-Organize the library and book lending activities

-Support with data collection to ensure program meets its goals

-Assist with field trips and other activities as needed

-Attend training and meetings

-Mentor youth and link them to resources in the community


-Must have a High School Diploma/GED

-Must pass a fingerprinting and background check process


one to two days per weeks (2 to 4 hours a day)

NYC DHS Mission Statement:

With our partners, our goal is to prevent homelessness when possible; to provide temporary, emergency shelter when needed; and to help individuals and families transition rapidly into permanent housing. We do this through providing coordinated, compassionate, high-quality services and supports.


  • Tutoring
  • People Skills
  • English
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One or two days per week (2 to 4 hours per session

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