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:

Circulation Volunteer - Volunteers assist the Circulation Department by shelving holds, casing cd's and dvd's, and assisting staff as necessary.  Two opportunities available – Monday and Thursday evenings.  This opportunity require reaching, bending, squatting and kneeling to complete the tasks. Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.

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. Areas currently avaialble are science fiction, graphic novels, youth, youth series, and adult fiction.  These opportunities require reaching, bending, squatting and kneeling to complete the tasks.

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.

Popular Materials Volunteer – Assist our busy Popular Materials Department by helping to maintain the Early Literacy Center, Picture Book area, and helping staff with various special projects.  Must be available Tuesday mornings.

Special Project Volunteers:

There are currently no Special Project Volunteer opportunities at this time.

Short Term Volunteers:

Please see the Circulation and Branch opportunities listed under "Ongoing Volunteers".

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:

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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