Volunteer at the Library
Volunteers at the Jasper-Dubois County Public Library are an important extension of the Library's staff and perform a wide variety of tasks. The active participation of citizens is a valuable resource to the Library. The Volunteer program is designed to expand and enhance public service to the community. The following policy is designed to promote a maximum degree of excellence.
Definition of a volunteer: A volunteer is one who performs a service of his or her own free will; one who contributes time, energy, and talents directly or on behalf of the Library; and one who is not paid by Library funds. All volunteers must be accepted and enrolled by the Library prior to performance of assigned tasks.
Want to volunteer at one of our branches? Click on the branch below to get the application. Print a copy, fill it out, and drop it off at the branch where you would like to volunteer.
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- Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the Library at any given time and on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours
- Volunteers must be at least fourteen (14) years old
- Volunteers under the age of eighteen (18) must have written permission from a parent/guardian
- Prospective volunteers must complete an application, be interviewed by Library staff, and attend an orientation session before beginning any volunteer duties or services
- The Library reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer
- Each volunteer must wear a volunteer badge while on duty
- Each volunteer must record the time they are on duty
- Volunteers must maintain the confidentiality of all Library information; failure to do so will result in immediate termination
- In the event a volunteer is unable to adequately perform his/her assigned duties, and no other appropriate positions are available, the volunteer may be removed from service
- Volunteers are bound by all Library policies
Duties of volunteers
- Shelving materials
- Keeping shelved materials in order
- Assisting with programs for children and young adults
- Checking materials in and out
- Cataloguing and processing materials
- Assisting in the Genealogy Room
- Providing basic technical support for computer users
- Teaching/presenting classes, workshops on Genealogy, computer and Internet usage, and other topics of interest to the general public
- Delivering materials to homebound patrons, nursing homes, and senior facilities
- Leading book discussions and book groups