How to Apply

Fill out our online application.

You may also submit a paper application, available at all Library locations. Some opportunities require a special application (as noted).

Volunteers need a valid Palatine Public Library District card. We are unable to accommodate court-ordered or court-supervised community service.  

Opportunities for Adults

These positions are open to residents 16 years old and up.

Technical Services Book Nook Volunteer

Location: Main Library
Date/time: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Duration: Ongoing 

Help our Technical Services department stock and organize our ongoing book sale in the Book Nook.  Move items from donations and discards tot he Book Nook shelves.  Front and straighten items on the shelves.  Remove long standing items from the Book Nook.  Must have the ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds and lift and carry up to 20 pounds.

Technical Services Opening Volunteer

Location: Main Library
Date/time: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (3 opportunities)
Duration: Ongoing 

We have three opportunities to help our Technical Services department open and sort packages of new items.  Remove shrink wrap from audiovisual materials, unbox new books and place items in order on a book cart.  Must have the ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds and lift and carry up to 20 pounds.  


Short term volunteers opportunities are available for students interested in volunteering to fulfill school requirements. Please check Opportunities for Adults for those marked Short Term.  

Opportunities for Teens

Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets monthly during the school year and members assist at various programs throughout the year.  Applications are available in July/August each year through our Popular Materials Department only.  Please check the newsletter for further information.  

Learn more about TAB.

Applications are currently closed.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Pettersen at dpettersen@palatinelibrary.org

Please see Policy 8 for more information about volunteering at the Library.