Volunteering Information

Volunteerism has always been at the heart of Bowen Public Library. Started by the volunteer Ladies Auxilliary of the Legion in the early 1960’s, Bowen Library has grown into a thriving and much valued community resource that continues to be supported by numerous volunteers.  From the Library Board, to the Friends of the Library and in-library volunteers we couldn’t do it without you! If you are interested in volunteering for the library we would love to hear from you.

Adult Volunteer Program

If you would like to apply to volunteer please download a volunteer application form here, or contact our volunteer coordinator, Marysia McGilvray through our contact form. Volunteers donate more than 1800 hours each year supporting staff on the circulation desk, shelving books, tidying and shelf-reading the collections, processing new materials and assisting with programming.

BIPL Volunteer Policy

Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society

The Friends (FOBILS) are a group  of dedicated Bowen residents who care deeply about Bowen Island Public Library. They have dozens of members – some active all year and others pitching in as needed – who work to fundraise through book sales and other community events on behalf of the Library.

They are committed to the Library and greatly value our role in the community. Their fundraising supports small and large projects at Bowen Library, such as author visits, Summer Reading Club, or our upcoming extension to the Library.

The Friends can be contacted directly for questions about joining their group or about booksale donations by email: fobils@gmail.com

Bowen Island Library Board

The Library Board is composed of 10 volunteer trustees and one municipal councillor and their role is to ensure that leadership, policies, financial resources and infrastructure are in place to support the Bowen Island Public Library. They are Bowen residents who are dedicated to upholding the ideals of a free, public library that nurtures and facilitates learning and discovery through the sharing of knowledge and ideas.

Bowen Island Library Charitable Foundation

The Library Foundation  raises funds for enhancements to the library, including facility improvements, equipment, furnishings, materials, and programs and services. Gifts, donations and bequests can all be made to the Foundation, and tax receipts are issued for all donations of $50 or more. The Foundation is currently actively fundraising for our Annie Laurie Wood Annex and Gallery extension to the library building.

Teen Volunteers

Whether for school service hours, to get involved in the community, or to add to your resume, volunteering at Bowen Library is a great way to give back to your community and to learn public service and library skills. We have volunteer options for teens after school and on weekends. If you are interested you can contact staff for more information.