Thoreau Institute Library

The Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute Library welcomes and encourages volunteers. Volunteers expand and supplement the services the Library is able to offer to the public.

Volunteers may donate their time for short or long term projects. You are invited to join our dedicated group of volunteers! By sharing your time and talent with us, you can make a big difference in the quality of service the Library is able to provide.

In an effort to ensure a positive experience with us, the Library has defined some criteria for successful volunteering. These include individual responsibility and commitment, maturity, and attention to detail. Volunteers must be personally invested in working with us to provide good service in a professional manner. The Library is unable to provide a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Individuals must be able to work independently after initial training.

Some of the many volunteer opportunities available are:

  • Scanning historical documents or photographs
  • Proof-reading of electronic texts
  • Clerical work: photocopying, de-stapling, alphabetizing, arranging, filing
  • Shelf-reading
  • Indexing
  • Creating finding aids
  • Transcribing manuscript material

For more information, please contact the Library.