Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program

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. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

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.

Special Project Volunteers:

There are currently no Special Project Volunteer opportunties available at this time.

Short Term Volunteers:

There are currently no Short Term Volunteer opportunities available at this time.

Youth Programs and Special Projects:

LEGO Robotics Volunteer -  The Library is seeking 6 tech-savvy volunteers to assist with our monthly LEGO robotic programs.  Help students grades 3-6 build and program projects and complete challenges!  LEGO Robotics meets the following Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – September 18, October 16, November 20 and December 18.  A mandatory training session for volunteers will be held on Thursday, September 11th.  Applications will be accepted starting August 15, 2014.

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:

Volunteer Coordinator

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.

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