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Volunteering at the Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at your library!  We appreciate you and value your time in supporting literacy, educational programs, and in providing cultural experiences.  As a volunteer, you can gain professional and personal skills, earn service hours, and help us fulfill our mission to grow smarter communities one person at a time.

 

Volunteers can:

  • Read to children.
  • Assist with programs and events.
  • Provide support in library departments and special collections.
  • Volunteer for the Friends of the Library – click here.

How to Volunteer:

  1. Choose how you’d like to help by finding a volunteer opportunity at your library or a convenient library outreach site.
  2. Click the Sign Up button and complete the volunteer application.  
    1. You will be asked for two character references with email addresses as part of the application.
    2. Ages 12 – 17 must have a signed Parental Permission Waiver.
    3. Ages 18 and over require permission for a background check.
  3. Once your opportunity is chosen and the application is completed, you will receive a confirmation email.  Library Staff will then contact you to set up an in-person interview.  Please bring your completed Parental Waiver with you to the interview.
  4. Library Staff will provide a schedule and on-site training as volunteering begins.

Click Here to Get Started

 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

»   How long does the application process take?

Once you select your volunteer opportunity, you can expect to hear back from a library staff member within 72 hours to visit over the phone and schedule an in-person interview.

»   Does the Library System allow court-appointed community service volunteers?

Yes, but we do not accept volunteers with drug, weapon or alcohol-related offenses. Applicants 18 and older must also successfully pass a criminal background check. Your court-appointed liaison or probation officer will also be contacted in advance to determine if the library is a good fit for you. 

»   Can I volunteer for the Friends of the Library Booksale?

Yes! Click here to see the schedule for the next Booksale and sign up. 

Yes! You will sign in and out each time you volunteer, and you can log in at any time to see your total number of hours.

»   How can volunteer hours be verified?

You can request a letter or email from your supervising librarian or from the Volunteer Services Office.

»   How many hours can I volunteer each week?

Usually 2 – 4 hours a week is our limit, except for special circumstances that are agreed upon in advance.

»   How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Library volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.

»   What do I do if I have to miss a scheduled volunteer shift?

Please call your supervising library staff member at your location, and if that person is not available, leave a message with another staff member.

»   What is the dress code for volunteers?

Business casual for adults. Clothing should be clean and without holes or tears. Good grooming and personal hygiene are required.

Teen volunteers may wear shorts in addition to the guidelines above, but they must be mid-thigh or longer and not athletic shorts.

All volunteers must wear either the volunteer lanyard or their name badge button when volunteering.

»   How do I log my volunteer hours?

When you create your volunteer profile, you will choose a User ID and set a password. Each time you arrive to volunteer, you will log in to a library computer with your ID and password. When you are finished volunteering, you will log out.

»   What can I expect to gain as a volunteer?

Teen volunteers can gain job training and work experience, skills including self-motivation and initiative, and enjoy camaraderie with like-minded teens.

All volunteers will support and increase the Metropolitan Library System’s ability to provide services to our communities.

 

What is the impact of volunteers?

  • In 2017, volunteers gave over 14,000 hours providing additional support for libraries, their programs, and events. 
  • Also in 2017, over 200 children read one on one or in small groups with a volunteer to strengthen their literacy skills.
  • Homework Help with students provided a foundation for learning and success in schools.
  • Children Reading to Dogs Volunteer Teams offered non-judgmental listening practice as children read aloud.
  • Summer Volunteers encouraged and assisted over 22,500 customers as they participated in Summer Reading.
 

Metropolitan Library System 
Department of Development and Volunteer Services

300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-606-3760 
Fax: 405-606-3735
development@metrolibrary.org

 

       

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