Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program

Looking for a way to be a part of the Palatine Public Library District?  Volunteer!

All new volunteers must have a valid Palatine Public Library District card. Policy 8-12 of Policy 8 - Community Relations provides further information regarding the volunteer program and requirements to become a volunteer. Residents age 16 and over are eligible to apply for volunteer service. Youth ages 11-15 may only apply to serve as volunteers for designated youth programs and special projects. Additional opportunities for youths and teens are listed below.

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 are those seeking to fulfill volunteer requirements for school or other organizations and must be required by their school or organization to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours.  Short term volunteers are scheduled for two hours per week.
  • 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 - 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. This opportunity is available Mondays from 4-6 or 6-8.  Short Term volunteers may apply for this opportunity.

Adult Program Volunteer- Adult volunteers, age 21 and over, are needed to assist adult program presenters and Library staff with set-up, distribution of  information and samples, and general help as needed.  Must be available evenings and weekends.  Volunteers will sign up for programs monthly so this is a flexible volunteer opportunity.

Special Project Volunteers:

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

Short Term Volunteers:

Short Term Volunteers may apply for the Circulation Volunteer opportunity listed above.

Youth Programs and Special Projects:

There are no Youth Programs and Special Projects Volunteer opportunities available at this time.

How to Apply

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 application. 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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