Looking for a way to be a part of the Palatine Public Library District? Volunteer!
The Library has a variety of volunteer opportunities:
- Ongoing Volunteers commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week or volunteer as scheduled by staff.
- 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 for youths between the ages of 11 and 15. These are the only opportunities available for volunters under the age of 16.
Please note: The Palatine Public Library District is unable to accept court-ordered or court-supervised community service.
Current Opportunities:Ongoing Volunteers:
New Fiction Volunteer – Assist staff in our Popular Materials Department by removing older books and adding new books to our popular New Fiction sections and assisting staff as necessary. Must be available Tuesday evenings after 5:00 p.m. Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.
Branch Volunteer – Assist at the North Hoffman Branch on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Branch Volunteer shelves books, shelf-reads to ensure books are in proper order and assists staff as needed. The North Hoffman Branch is located in the Willow Recreation Center, 3600 Lexington Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL. Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.
Circulation Volunteer - Assist the Circulation Department by shelving holds, casing cd's and dvd's, and assisting staff as necessary. There are four open opportunities – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Volunteers must commit to volunteering two hours each week on their scheduled day. This opportunity require reaching, bending, squatting and kneeling to complete the tasks. Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.
Technical Services Volunteer – Help our busy Technical Services Department keep the Library’s cd and dvd collection clean and usable. This volunteer will be using a machine to clean individual cd’s and dvd’s. Three opportunities available – pick the one that fits into your schedule! Monday, Wednesday, or Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Befriend A Shelf Volunteer– Befriend a Shelf volunteers shelf-read, straighten, face out and edge materials in assigned areas. Volunteers can choose which day and time to volunteer.This opportunity requires reaching, bending, squatting and kneeling. Current opportunity for Youth and Youth Series and Youth Non-Fiction.
Special Project Volunteers:
Curbside Book Donation Volunteer - Help the Friends of the Library the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The Curbside Book Donation Volunteer removes donated materials from cars, stacks them on carts, and moves them into the Library for sorting and storage. Must be available the last Saturday of the month. This opportunity requires reaching, bending, squatting, and lifting boxes weighing 10 pounds or more.
Short Term Volunteers:
Please see the Circulation, Branch, and New Fiction Volunteer opportunities listed above.
Youth Programs and Special Projects:
There are currently no Youth Programs and Special Projects Volunteer opportunities available at this time.
How to Apply
Volunteers must be a valid Palatine Public Library District cardholder. Policy 8-12 of Policy 8 - Community Relations provides further information regarding the volunteer program and requirements to become a volunteer. Volunteers between the ages of 11-15 may only apply for Youth Programs and Special Project opportunities.
Volunteer applications are available at the Welcome 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 Welcome 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
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) – TAB meets monthly during the school year and members assist at various programs throughout the year. Additional information can be found on the Teen Advisory Board page. Applications are available in July/August each year.
Summer Reading Volunteers – Volunteers can apply for a volunteer opportunity based on their interests. Applications are available in May each year.
These programs are through our Popular Materials Department and have a separate application. Please watch our newsletter for information regarding these popular volunteer programs.