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Volunteer

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.

New Fiction Volunteer 

Location:    Main Library
Date/Time: Wednesday Evenings after 5:00 p.m.
Duration:    Ongoing or Short Term

Help staff in our Popular Materials Department by removing older books and adding new books to our popular New Fiction sections and assisting staff as necessary.  Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.

 

Circulation Volunteer

Location:   Main Library
Date/time:  Thursday Evening
Duration:   Ongoing or Short Term

Assist the Circulation Department by shelving holds, casing cd's and dvd's, and assisting staff as necessary. Volunteers must commit to volunteering two hours each week on their scheduled day.  This opportunity requires reaching, bending, squatting and kneeling to complete the tasks. Must be available Thursday evening. Volunteers must pass a short Circulation quiz in order to be placed as a Circulation Volunteer.  Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.

 

Technical Services Disc Cleaning Volunteer 

Location: Main Library
Date/time: Fridays 12-2:00 p.m.
Duration: Ongoing 

Help our processing team operate our disc cleaning machine or search for items by call number out in the Library.  Must have the ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds and life and carry up to 20 pounds. 

 

Technical Services Opening Volunteer

Location: Main Library
Date/time: Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Duration: Ongoing 

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.  

 

Technical Services Opening Volunteer 

Location: Main Library
Date/time: Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Duration: Ongoing 

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.

Questions?

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Pettersen at dpettersen@palatinelibrary.org

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