Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Volunteer Policy

Volunteers bring the library enthusiasm, energy, added talents, and a fresh perspective. They enhance, rather than replace adequate staffing. They enrich the library’s offerings, rather than provide basic service. Volunteer service aids the library in making the best use of its fiscal resources and contributes to sound working relationships with community groups and organizations. This policy provides the framework for an on-going volunteer recruitment, utilization and appreciation plan.

All volunteer tasks must aid the library in achieving its goals and objectives, and be consistent with the purpose and intent of the volunteer program. Volunteer talents, experience, and interests will be considered. The library secretary will schedule volunteer activities taking into account the library’s needs and each volunteer’s capabilities and wishes.

The library does not compensate volunteers for time spent, or expense incurred.

Volunteers are bound by library policy, especially as it relates to privacy and confidentiality.

Individuals donating time to the library under the auspices of any other unit, (e.g. scouts, churches, community organizations, etc.) may identify themselves with the unit, but may not promote it while working in the library.
Examples of volunteer tasks are:

  • Shelving books and other library materials
  • Typing spine labels, and performing other functions of technical processing
  • Covering books with new jackets
  • Reading and organizing shelves
  • Organizing newspaper and periodical collection, including display of current issues
  • Assisting with children’s storytime program
  • Delivering books to home-bound patrons
  • Tending green plants in the library
  • Assisting with special library events (e.g. service as hostess)
  • Carrying out one-time projects