How to Apply

Apply Now.

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

Volunteers need a valid Palatine Public Library District card and must commit to volunteering a minimum of 15 hours for most positions (except special programs or events).  

Opportunities for Adults

Homebound Delivery Volunteer

Location: Main Library

Date/Time: Second Tuesday of the month/one time per month

Duration:  Long Term

Support the Adult Services Department by delivering books to our homebound members in the northeast area of Palatine. Must possess a valid drivers license, insurance and be able to use your own vehicle to make deliveries. This opportunity involves having to lift/carry up to 25 pounds. 


Workshop Volunteer

Location: Main Library

Date/Time:  Weekly - 2-4 hour sessions

During makerspace drop-in hours:

Weekdays - T/W/Th - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Weekends - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Duration:  Long Term/Continuing

Support the Workshop staff with assisting members in our makerspace by answering questions, helping with projects and creating a positive user experience.  Being comfortable with design software and a variety of crafting equipment is preferred. This opportunity involves having to lift/carry up to 25 pounds. 

Opportunities for Teens



Volunteers shelve holds, recase cd's and dvd's and and may assist with picking holds.  Volunteers must take an alphabetical quiz.  Minimum 15 hours required.  Weeknights and weekends available.  To apply, click on "Apply Now' above.  


TWEEN BOOK REVIEWERS - for grades 6-8

Work at your own pace by reading books of your choice and writing reviews for the Library. Volunteers earn 1 hour of service credit per accepted review submitted between September 1, 2023 and May 15, 2024.  Reviews are compiled in a binder available to visitors in the Youth and Teen Services department. To apply, click on "Apply Now' above.  


TEEN SUMMER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - for grades 6-8 and 9-12

Want to help out the Library? Need volunteer hours? The Library can use your help! Applications for the Teen Summer Volunteer Program are available May 1-15. Select the application that applies to your grade below. "

Application for Grades 6-8.

Application for Grades 9-12.


TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) - for grades 9-12

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets monthly during the school year and members assist at various programs throughout the year.  Applicants must be in grades 9-12 to become a member.  Applications are available August 1-15.


Contact Terry Versen,  Volunteer Coordinator at tversen@palatinelibrary.org for further information.  

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