Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program

Looking for a way to be a part of the Palatine Public Library District?  Volunteer!

Volunteer Opportunities:

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:

Technical Services CD/DVD Volunteer – Help our busy Technical Services Department keep the Library’s cd and dvd collection clean and usable.  As a CD/DVD volunteer, you will be using a machine to clean individual cd’s and dvd’s. The work is independent, you’re welcome to bring headphones and a music player to listen while you volunteer. Two opportunities available – pick the one that fits into your schedule!  Monday or Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Technical Services Discard Volunteer – Our Technical Services Department needs a volunteer to stamp and sort withdrawn books to help keep the Library’s collection up to date and usable.  This volunteer will reach and stoop to move books off shelves and carts, stand or sit to stamp books, and will also push carts of books to empty into recycling bins or to place in storage rooms. The work is detail oriented for someone with a keen eye for a book’s condition.  Two opportunities available – pick the one that fits into your schedule! Wednesday or Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


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:

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

Youth Programs and Special Projects:

There are 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:

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

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.

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