Volunteer at the Library
Can I Volunteer at the Library?
Volunteers are always welcomed at the libraries. It’s a great way to become involved in the community. Please fill out the volunteer application and bring it to your local library next time you visit. The staff will have a few questions and training will be arranged.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Volunteers perform a variety of duties, but most importantly they organize and re-shelf returned books. Restocking the shelves is one of the most vital jobs for the library. Volunteers keep the system going!
Sometimes special and seasonal projects come up. If you have an interest in a particular area, please let us know.
At the Athens Branch you may help the Friends of the Athens Public Library prepare for the book sales. Athens also has an Adopt-a-Shelf program in which you may pick a section of shelves which you regularly straighten and maintain.
How Old Do I Have to Be to Volunteer?
All ages are encouraged to volunteer at the library. For minors, a guardian’s signature is required. For younger children, parental involvement may also be necessary—talk with the librarian.
Do I Need a Regular Schedule?
Most volunteers have a set schedule, but it’s not required. We know that things come up and things are seasonal. It helps library staff to know when someone can be expected, but there’s just about always something to do, so even if you’ve just got 30 minutes to come in, please do!
Do I Need Special Skills To Volunteer?
Just a positive attitude and a willingness to help! For most volunteer jobs, you’ll use the alphabet and numbers. Training is provided to familiarize you any job you’re asked to complete.
Can I Complete Court-Ordered Community Service at the Library?
Yes, arrangements can be made to help you fulfill your court-ordered service. Most requests are handled specifically at the Nelsonville Library.