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Friends of the Public Library Warehouse8456 Vine StreetCincinnati, OH 45216


Each week, the Friends of the Public Library receives 10,000-12,000 items (books, vinyl, DVDs, etc) from both private donations and discards from the Public Library’s vast collection. We, in turn, sell these items through our warehouse/used book store, Friends’ Shop, online, and special sales throughout the year to raise money for special programs and unique purchases at the Library.

Volunteer shelvers help us by pricing items and ensuring that they are shelved in the appropriate section and order in the warehouse so that customers can easily find them.

Are you a good fit for this volunteer position? We’re looking for volunteers 18 years and older who are book lovers and are passionate about the programs and services offered through the Public Library of Cincinnati andHamiltonCounty. Our ideal fit possesses: critical thinking skills, ability to alphabetize, ability to work independently and in a team environment, basic customer service skills, basic math skills, ability to stand and walk for 2-3 hours, ability to lift 10-30 pounds, ability to push carts of up to 50 pounds, and ability to bend, stoop, reach, and squat in sometimes repetitive motions. Accommodations are made for those who may not meet the listed physical expectations.

When? Volunteers are needed Monday-Wednesday, 8am-3pm. Weekly 2-3 hour commitment most needed, but we will work with volunteer schedules on an individual basis.

How to volunteer? Submit your information at and we’ll be in touch with you!


  • Multi-Tasking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Literacy / Reading

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours/week
  • online application; screening interview
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