Volunteer Information

The Chess in the Library (CITL) program is governed by student volunteers and relies entirely on volunteers. If you enjoy playing chess and want to volunteer in your community or acquire leadership experience, then volunteer for CITL! Please read the information below before starting an application.


The role of the Chess in the Library volunteer is to work with fellow volunteers to ensure that all participants have a chance to enjoy chess and the sound generated by the program doesn’t disturb the library.


Volunteers will have to complete the following tasks:

  • Set up and clean up the program
  • Ensure that a safe, positive, and caring environment is maintained at all times.
  • Ensure that each participant has an opponent as close to their skill level as possible, and that everyone is participating.
  • Keep the noise level at a minimum
  • Teach chess to participants that don’t know how to play


We are looking for people who are:

  • Capable of teaching the rules and basic strategies of chess
  • Patient
  • Experienced in working with children
  • Proactive
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Professional


 1. Volunteer Eligibility

In order to volunteer at a CITL program, you must be from 13-17 years of age and have a basic knowledge of chess. Applicants with criminal records will not be accepted.


2. Volunteer Application and Screening

All volunteers must fill out an application form on the website. The volunteer screening process, conducted by the CITL Executive Board members, will take place once the application form is completed. An interview will then be arranged with the volunteer.


3. Volunteer Hours

To qualify for volunteer hours, the volunteer must be from 13-17 years of age. If the volunteer is in the IB program, he or she may also receive CAS hours for the service sector. Volunteer hours will be tracked at each branch via volunteer sign in sheets that are managed by the Volunteer Leader at each branch. The Volunteer Leader sends the sign in records to the CITL’s Executive Volunteer Coordinator at the end of each month. Volunteer hours will be given out by request by the Volunteer Coordinator.


4. Volunteer Expectations


4.1 Punctuality

All volunteers are expected to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the program to setup. They are also expected to leave when the program ends and clean-up has been completed.


4.2 Interaction with Participants and Parents

Volunteers are expected to act courteously and politely with all participants and answer the concerns of parents.  Complaints by parents concerning the volunteers should be reported to the Chess in the Library executives and to the library staff – the volunteers will be dealt with appropriately.

4.3 Absences

Volunteers are expected to attend CITL sessions every week at the branch they are assigned. If a volunteer is not able to attend a certain week, it is mandatory that he or she notifies the Volunteer Leader of the branch with as much notice as possible to inform them of their absence and reason for absence. Being absent for three weeks without a valid excuse and without contact will lead to the cancellation of that volunteer’s status as a volunteer. It is the responsibility of each volunteer to ensure that there will be at least three volunteers present at the program each week.



If you are interested in becoming part of the CITL, please fill out the volunteer application form here