Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Volunteering & Employment & Friends of the Library

Volunteering & Employment & Friends of the Library

Employment Opportunities

Student Contract Employment Opportunity

Media Specialist Summer Student

Port Hope Public Library requires a post-secondary student to develop staff training, virtual programming and procedure documentation. The Media Specialist Student will work with Library staff to create procedures that outline media productions, and use of Library equipment. This individual would be in charge of training Library staff on the use of audio-visual equipment especially the Podcast Studio. The Student will create Port Hope Public Library branded visual and podcast frameworks for future use by Library staff. The Student will aid Library staff in the production and distribution of audio-visual content for website and social media feeds. This individual will work with Library staff to migrate programs and services to online and virtual platforms accessible by the public.

Education, Skills and Experience

  1. Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  2. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  3. Proficiency with a MAC and Audacity software (Podcast Studio)
  4. Experience with video production and websites

The position is for 10 weeks of employment on a flexible schedule which can include at home, on site and outreach hours. The position pays $18.00 per hour. To apply for the position please forward a resume and cover letter highlighting your expertise with various platforms.

Applications will be accepted by the undersigned until July 2, 2020 @ 5 p.m.

Alison Houston

Deputy Chief Librarian

Port Hope Public Library

31 Queen Street

Port Hope, ON     L1A 2Y8


The Port Hope Public Library thanks all applicants for their interest in this position. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Posted as per Article 10 Collective Agreement between the PHPL Board and CUPE Local 749-01

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is used to determine eligibility for potential employment. The Port Hope Public Library Board is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request accommodations are available in the recruitment process for applicants with disabilities. 


Summer Tutors - due to the Covid 19 situation we will not be hiring tutors this year

Port Hope Public Library usually hires two post-secondary students around May to provide literacy and mathematics tutoring for our summer tutor program. Duties include promotion of the tutor program, providing tutoring for students in Kindergarten through grade 8 and program evaluation. Tutors will be focused on meeting tutor program goals and objectives and developing individualized resources for students. Contact Alison Houston ahouston@porthope.ca for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Library has volunteer opportunities for teens and adults. Some Library programs and services would not be possible without the generous support of our volunteers. Please contact Lisa O'Leary loleary@porthope.ca or 905-885-4712 ext 2627.

Homeschool Group Volunteers    We're looking for volunteers to read to, or be read to, by children in the Homeschool Group, every other Thursday at the Mary J Benson Branch. 

Youth Advisory Committee   Young people are invited to attend YAC which meets to provide input about services and programs for youth.

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board is responsible for governance and policies for the Library. Members are appointed by Municipal Council.

Home Deliveries

The Library offers delivery services to nursing home residents and house-bound patrons.

Please contact the Library for information about volunteer opportunities. library@porthope.ca

Friends of the Library

Port Hope Public Library Board invites the community to be part of a new Friends of the Library group. The first meeting was held at the Mary J Besnon Branch in September of 2019. The group has chosen an executive and meets monthly - everyone is welcome. Meeting dates can be found on the Events Calendar or please ask Library staff.

Come out to learn all about how Friends support libraries through advocacy, building awareness, fundraising, volunteering and program support. Expression of interest forms and FOL brochures are available to print here or pick up a copy at either branch. Contact CEO Margaret Scott for more information.

Expression of interest form

FOL Brochure

Minutes of the Friends of the Library Meeting, December 15, 2019