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Organize the New York Public Library - St. Agnes Branch


Organize the New York Public Library - St. Agnes Branch

Provide much needed support for our public libraries. Sort and shelve books, organize the Children's Section, prepare reserve items, and assist clients in using computers.

All volunteers must be comfortable with alphabetization, bending, stretching, and light lifting.

All volunteers new to NYPL will need to complete a basic volunteer application on site at the front desk.

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Beginning in 1893 as a parish library at St. Agnes Chapel on West 91st Street, the St. Agnes Branch also housed a small collection for the Library for the Blind. The following year, in 1894, the chapel's pastor, in order to keep pace with a rapidly growing community, expanded the library to neighborhood status. St. Agnes Free Library was chartered by the University of the State of New York and moved several times before its consolidation with The New York Public Library in 1901. In 1906, the St. Agnes Branch opened its doors in its present home on Amsterdam Avenue.