Become an Albany Library Volunteer!
Volunteers expand and supplement the services the Library is able to offer to the public. They also provide a form of outreach into the community, conveying an impression of our values and our commitment to the community.
Community members annually contribute some 8,500 hours of volunteer time to the Library doing shelving, shelf reading, typing, etc. Volunteers are a vital and highly valued part of our Library.
Qualities of a Quality Volunteer
In an effort to ensure a positive experience with us, the Library has defined some criteria for successful volunteering:
- Individual responsibility
- Attention to detail
- Professional customer service
- Ability to work independently after initial training.
The Library is unable to provide a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
Becoming a Volunteer
Adults & Youth
- Please print out and complete the attached Volunteer Registration and return it to either Library.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to make an appointment to meet with you.
- Youth 14 and older can volunteer during the school year as well as the Youth Summer Program.
Youth Summer Program (must have completed 6th grade)
- Youth who have completed sixth grade are eligible for the summer volunteer program.
- Youth 14 years and older can volunteer during the school year and volunteer credit may be earned.
- Placement in the Library will be dependent upon the Library’s current needs and the Volunteer Coordinator’s assessment of the applicant’s abilities and motivation.
- For both programs, complete a Youth Volunteer Application, including a parent or guardian signature.
- Volunteers do not pay overdue fines so long as they maintain 12 volunteer hours per quarter. Also, volunteers are honored each year for their service at a special event. RSVP volunteers are also honored at the RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
- A nonresident can earn a library card by first volunteering 12 hours and then maintaining 12 volunteer hours per quarter.