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Volunteering @ Open Library


Open Library ( is a non-profit, open source, digital public library, hosted by the Internet Archive, which lends millions of ebooks to millions of patrons each year. Open Library is made possible by volunteers, like you, from more than 8 different countries (US, NL, NZ, ES, IN, UK, DE, GR, CA). We believe everyone deserves a say in how their library serves our community. A library should be not only for, but of the people. Together, let's build the World's library.

How it Works:

Open Library hosts an invite-only community chat room where book lovers and contributors can stay updated, ask questions, and collaborate towards improve Each week, Open Library also hosts an inclusive Community Call where members of the community may learn and participate in discussing the evolution of

To join our chat or participate in one of our weekly community calls, please "Choose Your Character" and click the relevant link to become involved. We're so excited to welcome you!

Choose Your Character:

Want to get involved? First, lets choose your character: Which role best describes you?


Open Library's book catalog has millions of books and thousands of data errors. Sometimes author names are misspelled, book covers are missing, or works and authors are duplicated or conflated. Librarians work together and communicate using our Slack chat channel to identify and fix data issues in our catalog. If you've ever been interested in programming scripts, Open Library's engineering team has written guides and created basic tools to empower librarians to start fixing common problems at scale. Your contributions will help patrons find the books they are looking for, ensure patrons receive accurate data, and that our engineering team has the right feedback to build thoughtful tools for librarians and our greater Open Library community.

Contribute as a Librarian!

Communications Specialist

As a library, we can only help patrons who are able to discover our free services. We are in great need of communications specialists and marketeers who may help Open Library identify the right channels and mechanisms for responsibly reaching and serving book lovers. This may include participating in newsletter campaigns, authoring blog posts, engaging on social media, or even pursuing partnership opportunities with other book projects. Each day, thousands of books are discussed online. How and where could Open Library enhance these experiences by offering a free borrow button?

Contribute as a Communications Specialist!

Software Engineer

Want to write code that empowers million of book lovers to discover books they'll love? Each year scores of volunteers help fix bugs on and architect new features and programs that reach thousands of patrons: The Book Sponsorship Program (featured on BoingBoing) has helped dozens of patrons sponsors missing books and the Reading Log has been used more than a million times by readers to track their reading progress!

Follow or Join Us on Github and Join our Slack!

We have a handful of different software engineering roles available:

Contribute as a Software Engineer!

Designer & User Researcher

Does look like it's from the the 90's? Help us fix that!

Contribute as a Designer!

Enthusiast & Beta Tester

You don't need to be an expert librarian, engineer, or designer to have a meaningful impact. Can you offer us product feedback, help keep our project organized, and test features before they go out to the world? Join our community discussion:

Contribute as a Beta Tester!


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February 20, 2020 Created by Mek creating a volunteers page