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We Want YOU … to Volunteer at the 2022 National Book Festival

A smiling volunteer in a National Book Festival t-shirt holds a sign saying "ASK ME" in the lobby of the Washington Convetion Center during the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Ever wondered what it would be like to work behind the scenes at the Library of Congress National Book Festival—hobnobbing with authors and Library staff, helping out festivalgoers, and taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime literary event?

I’ve worked the National Book Festival since its start in 2001, and it’s always the absolute highlight of my year. So many booklovers, so many authors, all of them having the time of their lives. It can be a big effort, but it always makes for an unforgettable experience.

Would you like to take part, and help your Library of Congress as we return to an in-person festival at the Washington Convention Center for the first time since 2019? Good news, you can! We’re looking for volunteers to provide wayfinding, distribute programs, act as stage ushers, man information booths and much more. Read the specific criteria below, and use the survey link to sign up today! We’d love to hear from you before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

National Book Festival Volunteer Information

The 22nd annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, bringing together best-selling authors, illustrators and book lovers from around the world, will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.  Here are the latest details on the 2022 festival.

The success of the festival depends on the efforts of more than 1,200 committed volunteers, many of whom return year after year – and we’re happy to announce that volunteer sign-ups are now open. We hope you will join us!  All volunteers must meet five requirements to participate in the festival:

  • be at least 16 years of age as of Saturday, September 3, 2022
  • commit to at least one five-hour shift;
  • attend a mandatory 90-minute virtual briefing session in advance of the festival;
  • pick-up your t-shirt at the Library of Congress in advance of the Festival;
  • sign a Library of Congress Voluntary Services Agreement when you pick up your t-shirt.

If you are confident you can meet the criteria outlined above and you wish to be a 2022 volunteer, please click here to complete the registration form. Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours with complete instructions. If you are unable to access the link to the form, please email [email protected] to apply. In the interest of being green, volunteers will receive volunteer assignments and a Volunteer Briefing Manual by email.

As either a volunteer or as an attendee, we look forward to seeing you in Washington on Sept. 3!


  1. Mary Temam
    July 21, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I am a Junior in High School and I love books and literature. I would be honored to volunteer at the National Book Festival.

    • John Sayers
      July 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      Great! If you’ll be 16 years old or older on Sept. 3, click the registration link in the post and sign up today! We’ll see you in September.

  2. Marion Connell
    July 21, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Delighted to know that the event will be in person this year and happy to volunteer again — probably wearing a mask.

    As a history teacher, I would really appreciate being assigned to support that portion of the Festival if possible. Thanks for your consideration.

    • John Sayers
      July 21, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks! Make sure you mark your preferences when you use the link in the post to register.

  3. Kate Doulas
    July 21, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Can I pick up my T-shirt the day before the festival? Coming from Massachusetts.

  4. Linda
    July 21, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Do you have any volunteer positions thar can be done remotely. I love the library in every way and would love to help with any task.

    • John Sayers
      July 21, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      For this particular call, we’re asking for volunteer support on site. However, another Library initiative where you can volunteer remotely is our crowdsourcing program. For more information, visit //crowd.loc.gov

  5. Connie Sharpe
    July 21, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    For sure I would like to volunteer for the National BookFest!

  6. Jaclyn Vorenkamp
    July 21, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Could we see a copy of the volunteer agreement before we commit?

  7. jeanne everitt
    July 21, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    I would enjoy once again volunteering for this event.

    • John Sayers
      July 21, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for your interest! Please submit your request to the registration link in the post.

  8. Andrea Passafiume
    July 21, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Is Faye Levin still leading the volunteer effort? Is she still involved?

    • John Sayers
      July 21, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      This year, the festival’s volunteer recruitment and training effort is being led by the Library’s internal Visitor Engagement Office.

  9. Andrea Passafiume
    July 21, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Faye Levin was a terrific leader and led the volunteers so skillfully and with grace. Will miss her this year!

  10. Annie B Johnson
    July 21, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I would like to thank you for the invitation but I am physically disabled and unable to get there. I pray that it will be a huge success, again thanks*

  11. Adedoyin Adeeko
    July 24, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    i will be available to volunteer with all pleasure as a community service and civic engagement Thanks for the invitation

  12. Demetrious Kinney
    July 30, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Hello, is it too late for local authors to be apart of your event? If not, could you send information. Also. Information about volunteering. Thank you

  13. Lynne Carlson
    August 17, 2022 at 11:17 am

    I would love to volunteer. As a college professor, the opportunity to assist the Library is great. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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