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:

Circulation Volunteer - Assist the Circulation Department on Sunday afternoons. Volunteer in the Circulation Department shelving holds and recasing cd's and dvd's. Additional duties include helping patrons locate Holds and assisting with Self-Checkout.

Special Project Volunteers:

Citizenship Workshop Volunteer – Assist staff with the Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All Citizenship Workshop Volunteers must complete a short training session on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please contact Barb Royce at (847) 358-5881, ext. 166 for further information regarding this volunteer opportunity.  All volunteers must complete a volunteer application.

Short Term Volunteers:

Popular Materials Volunteer - Assist the Popular Materials Department reviewing the catalog for withdrawn books.  Must be available Monday evenings. 

Circulation Volunteer - Please see the Circulation Volunteer opportunity listed under Weekly Volunteers.

Youth Programs and Special Projects:

There are currently no Youth Programs and Special Projects volunteer opportunities available.

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, there are several additional opportunities for youths.  The Library has a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and Summer Reading  and Book Buddies Volunteers.  These programs are through our Popular Materials Department and have a separate application.  Volunteers for the Summer Reading and Book Buddies Programs volunteer during June through August.  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 these programs.

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