Would you like to volunteer at the Library? We’d love to have you!
We are currently looking for volunteers for some specific tasks.
- Shipping inter-library loan materials
- This position bags and labels books and other library materials that are being loaned to other libraries. It requires a high level of accuracy and is repetitious.
- Preparing crafts for children’s programs
- This position requires excellent cutting skills to cut out small parts for assembly into children’s crafts. Some simple craft assembly may be done as well.
- Shelving library materials
- This position requires attention to detail and an understanding of alphabetization and the Dewey Decimal System.
What follows is a copy of our Volunteering Policy and a copy of our Volunteering form. Just bring the completed form to the Reference Desk, and welcome aboard!
The Wilmington Public Library Volunteer Program is designed to expand and enhance public service to the community. Volunteers generally provide support services to paid staff, work on special projects, or deliver library materials to the homebound. Volunteers are expected to act in accordance with library policies and to reflect positive customer service attitudes to all library patrons.
Selection of Volunteers
Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the library at any given time, and based on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours. Selection of volunteers is the responsibility of the Director and/or Assistant Director.
Prospective volunteers are requested to fill out an application form and will be interviewed by one of the above individuals. If there are no suitable volunteer opportunities, application forms will be kept on file for one year. Applicants will be called if a project is identified which matches their interests or qualifications.
Young people age 14 to 17 may apply, with parental permission, to volunteer for the Library in positions for which they are qualified. Young volunteers are expected to abide by all volunteer program policies and procedures.
The library does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
• Roles and Responsibilities
The library depends on its volunteers for a wide variety of tasks which otherwise need to be assigned to library staff. Therefore we ask volunteers to be reliable in their commitment to the library and to notify the library in advance if they are unable to work their regularly scheduled time slot. In turn, volunteers will be notified on any day when the library opens late or closes early for any reason.
• Training and Supervision
The Library Director or Assistant Director coordinate the volunteer program. Volunteers will receive specific training in their assigned duties from the library staff member who directly supervises their work.
Persons who seek volunteer assignments at the Wilmington Public Library to meet a requirement set by an outside agency for the performance of community service shall be subject to the above selection process and all other provisions of this policy.
Employment of Volunteers
Volunteers should follow the Wilmington Public Library employment process in order to obtain paid employment in the library.
Leaving Volunteer Service
To end a volunteer commitment, the individual should notify his or her supervisor.
A volunteer selected for work on a special project will discontinue service when that project is completed or terminated, unless other arrangements have been made.
Whenever possible, the library will make an effort to reassign the volunteer. However, if no other mutually suitable volunteer position exists at the time, the volunteer will be asked to discontinue service and his or her application will be kept on file for one year, subject to review should a suitable position become available during that time.
In the event that a volunteer is unable to adequately perform the duties assigned to him or her, and no other appropriate positions are available, the volunteer may be removed from service.