The mission of the Palatine Public Library District’s volunteer program is to provide suitable opportunities for volunteers to assist staff and patrons in order to enrich patrons’ experiences while enhancing the relationship between the Library and the community.
Volunteers must be a valid Palatine Public Library District cardholder. Volunteers ages 16 and older may apply to become a Weekly, Special Projects or Short Term Volunteer. Youths ages 11-15 may only apply for Youth Programs and Special Projects volunteer opportunities. Policy 8-12 of Policy 8 - Community Relations provides further information regarding the volunteer program and requirements to become a volunteer.
The Library has a variety of volunteer opportunities:
- Weekly Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week,
- Special Project Volunteers assist staff completing special projects or events,
- Short Term Volunteers (3 months or less) are those seeking to fulfill volunteer requirements for school or other organizations and must be required to serve a minimum of 15 hours, and
- Youth Programs and Special Projects are volunteer opportunities especially for youths between the ages of 11 and 15.
Please note: The Palatine Public Library District is unable to accept court-ordered or court-supervised community service.
There are currently openings for:Weekly Volunteers:
Technical Services – Assist our Technical Services staff placing new items into the DVD and CD collections. Must be available Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Circulation/Hold Volunteer - Assist the Circulation Department on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteers assist Circulation Staff with shelving holds and casing cd's and dvd's. Additional duties include helping patron locate holds and assisting with Self-Checkout.Special Project Volunteers:
There are currently no Special Project Volunteer opportunties available at this time.
Short Term Volunteers:
Short Term Volunteers (3 months or less) may apply for the Circulation/Hold Volunteer opportunity listed under Weekly Volunteers.Youth Programs and Special Projects:
There are currently no Youth Programs and Special Projects Volunteer opportunities available at this time.
How to Apply
It’s easy! Volunteer applications are available at the Information Desk at the main library and at each of the Library’s branches, or you can download the form. Please remember to indicate the volunteer opportunity you are interested in on the application.
Return completed applications to the Information Desk or mail to:
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Court
Palatine, IL 60067
Once you’ve turned in your application, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator. For further information, please contact Deborah Pettersen at dpettersen [at] palatinelibrary [dot] org (subject: Volunteer%20Program)
Additional Youth and Teen Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to the Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program, the Library has a Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This program is through our Popular Materials Department and has a separate application. The Teen Advisory Board meets monthly during the school year. Additional information regarding the Teen Advisory Board can be found on the Teen Advisory Board page.
Please watch your Palatine Public Library District Newsletter for information regarding when applications are accepted for this program.