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:

Branch Volunteers – There are currently two volunteer opportunities at our North Hoffman Branch - Monday from 4-6 and Tuesdays from 4-6 or 4:30 -6:30.  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. Please indicate on your application which day is preferred.

Crafternoon Volunteers -  Are you “crafty”? We want you!  We are seeking volunteers age 21 and over to periodically help with our evening and weekend craft programs.  Friday morning help is also needed.  If you are interested, please call Phil Skeltis at 847-358-5881 x 164.

Adult Program Volunteer - Volunteers are needed to assist Library staff and adult program presenters with set-up, distributing and collecting surveys and general help as needed.  Must be available evenings and weekends.  Volunteers sign up for programs monthly so this is a very flexible volunteer opportunity.  Please contact Phil Skeltis at 847-358-5881 x 164 for further information.

Reserve Materials Volunteer –  Wednesday morning volunteer opportunity.  Volunteer will assist Circulation Staff by locating and pulling reserved materials for patrons.

Special Project Volunteers:

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

Short Term Volunteers:



Short Term Volunteers may apply for the Branch Volunteers opportunity listed in Weekly Volunteers above.

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 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:

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. Applications for the Teen Advisory Board are available in August/September each year.

Please watch your Palatine Public Library District Newsletter for information regarding when applications are accepted for this program.

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