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Volunteer at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Library of Congress relies on volunteers to greet visitors, help them navigate our historic buildings, and share information about the Library’s many treasures. As the only Library representative a visitor may meet, volunteers play an important role in creating positive experiences for all that pass through our doors.

The application for on-site volunteering is currently closed, but we welcome you to check back later in 2023 for new opportunities to serve the Library’s visitors.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Volunteer Virtually

Volunteer online at By the People, the Library's crowdsourcing project. By the People invites you to make documents more searchable for everyone by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. This work improves search and discovery of this important content. Read more or get started now!

Volunteer at the National Book Festival

The National Book Festival brings together best-selling authors, illustrators and book lovers from around the world, and this year’s event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C. To learn more about this event, visit the Festival’s official website.

Applications to volunteer at this year’s Festival are now closed, but we welcome you to check back in May 2024 for the application to volunteer at the 2024 National Book Festival!