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People’s Books Co-op is almost completely volunteer powered. As a cooperative we rely on volunteers to ensure our co-op’s success. The cooperative structure allows for a certain level of autonomy among its volunteers. As such, we like to do our best to allow each volunteer to find the position which best suits her/his skills. We find this type of flexibility benefits everyone involved in a much more positive degree.

With that said, there are a number of ways volunteers can give their time. Below is a brief list of the various roles volunteers fulfill. So, if you find any of the roles below interesting and would like to volunteer, please contact us. Call 414.962.0575, or email us at info@peoplesbookscoop.org

And one last comment, if you have an idea of your own, please, don’t hesitate to contact us. We always welcome fresh ideas and alternative perspectives.


In-Store Staff
We are always in need of individuals to staff the store. Tasks include cashiering, assisting customers, answering phones, and day to day upkeep. Each shift usually runs two hours in length. You can volunteer for as many pr as few shifts as you like. The shifts break down into the following:
Monday through Saturday – 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, and 6pm-8pm.
Sunday – 12am-1pm, 1pm-4pm

PR, Marketing & Outreach

Event Staff
Whether tabling at a convention or hosting an in-store event, we are always looking for assistance with coverage. Staffing in-store events normally entails assisting in set-up and break down, as well as cashiering or keeping the coffee fresh. Out of store event tasks include selling books, informing those interested as to who we are and what we do, as well as making meaningful connections-in whatever form that takes.

Every new semester, People’s Books Co-op provides textbooks to student and area university faculty. The effort we undertake to provide books requires us to add a number of volunteers to our roster to ensure everything runs smoothly. Tasks include staffing the register, managing order intake, stocking and other related tasks.

Every quarter, PBC does our best to release a newsletter covering the happenings of PBC-as well as other area cooperative happenings, local issues, book reviews, film reviews, local poetry, selections from local novelist’s work, art and much more. Making this happen takes a great deal of work. As such, we are always looking for contributors, anyone able to assist in the editing and formatting process, as well as distribution. There are of course other ways you can help, if you would like to be apart of our newsletter crew, contact us at

By volunteering with us you also volunteer for and with the community.  You are apart of democratically controlled business which values consensus decision, is jointly owned, and distributes earnings collectively and equitably.