Volunteer at CPL

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CPL. Unfortunately, in response to COVID-19, we are unable to take on new volunteers at this time. We look forward to working with volunteers again in the future.

We're seeking students, recent graduates and civic-minded adults who want to acquire knowledge and valuable work experience while assisting with the Homework Help Program.

Through the Homework Help Program, elementary and high school students receive assistance with school assignments during after-school hours at their local CPL branch.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated and dedicated to providing public service while obtaining hands-on work experience in a fast-paced environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Volunteers must:

  • be a junior or senior in high school with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • OR be a college or graduate school student
  • OR have equivalent work and life experience.

Note: Prior teaching experience is not necessary. We will provide training for successful candidates. Successful candidates must submit to background checks and finger-printing.


Unpaid. Hours may be used to obtain academic credit or to meet service-learning requirements.


Three hours a week minimum; six hours a week preferred. The program operates 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays.


Assigned duties include:

  • Help children focus on their homework
  • Define objectives of the homework assignment
  • Provide assistance in understanding the homework assignment
  • Demonstrate and reinforce learning concepts (e.g., math facts, grammar basics) necessary for homework completion
  • Conduct skill drills that pertain to the homework assignment

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward their resume, cover letter and current transcripts confirming grade-point average and grade level (if a high school junior or senior) or current transcript or letter of enrollment from the school’s registrar/dean verifying enrollment (if a current college or graduate school student) to:

Caroline Broeren
Chicago Public Library
Children’s Services
400 S. State St., 2nd fl.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4687

Note: Only applicants who submit all the required documents will be considered.

If you are a person with disability and require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources at (312) 744-4976 (voice) or (312) 744-5035 (TTY). You may be required to provide information to support your reasonable accommodation request.

All references to political sponsorship or recommendation must be omitted from any and all application materials submitted for City employment.

The City of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.

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