Volunteering at Open Books

Our corps of dedicated volunteers make it possible for us to expand access to high-quality programming, books, and literacy resources. From 1:1 coaching sessions with 2nd and 3rd graders, to shelving donated books in our retail locations, to granting books to families at community events, the work our volunteers do aims to ensure that all Chicago children have what they need to become lifelong readers.

We are currently welcoming new volunteers into some of our program & operations roles. To submit your interest and availability, please complete the application below. You will be prompted to create an account in our shift management system and we will be in touch about next steps.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at [email protected].


*please note that all volunteers must submit a background check and provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.