Middle Georgia Regional Library appreciates your interest in volunteering your time, talents, and energy in support of the Library. We recognize the valuable contributions that volunteers make as they assist Library staff in serving the Middle Georgia community.
Public libraries serve a unique function in the community, and volunteering to serve at your library can offer many personal rewards. For instance, as a volunteer you can:
- Expand your knowledge.
- Make a meaningful contribution to the community.
- Meet new people.
- Learn first-hand about the Library's services, programs, and policies.
- Better understand the important role the Library plays in the community.
Interested in Volunteering?
- First, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Next, check out our current Volunteer Openings.
- Be sure to read the Volunteer Handbook.
- Submit a Volunteer Application.
Volunteer openings may be available at different times in different departments of the Library. Some needs might be ongoing, while others might be short-term or seasonal. For instance, volunteers may be needed to sort and shelve library materials throughout the year, to help out during children's programs in summer, or to help with a one-time project of unpacking and labeling new materials.
To get a better understanding of what library volunteers do, please review the volunteer job descriptions:
Please understand that volunteer work is not glamorous – in fact, most volunteers perform support tasks that are manual and repetitive in nature. Many people are surprised at how physically demanding library work can be and don't realize that it involves repetitive hand motions, lifting items of varying weights, and a significant amount of standing, walking, carrying, bending, stooping, and twisting motions. Before applying for a volunteer assignment, you should review the physical demands of the position to ensure you can safely perform the work.
- Volunteers must be at least age 18.
- Volunteers must be able to make a specific time commitment, which varies by assignment. (Examples: A shelving assignment might ask volunteers to commit to at least 2 hours per week for an agreed-upon period of time. A special project assignment might ask volunteers to commit for the duration of the project.)
- Volunteers must have the skills and the physical ability to perform the work involved in the assignment.
- Volunteers must successfully pass a background check before commencing an assignment.
Refer to the Volunteer Handbook for details about the Volunteer Program, becoming a volunteer, and expectations of volunteers.
When a volunteer opening is posted on our website, you can apply by submitting a Volunteer Application before the deadline on the posting. Applications are only accepted while the position is posted, and will not be accepted after the deadline. Each application should reflect the opening in which you are interested. (Note: Applicants who are not selected for current openings may request that their applications be reconsidered for opportunities posted within one year of the original application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
We will review all applications received during the posting period and identify the applicants who most closely match the position's requirements. Applicants can expect to undergo telephone screening, skills testing, interviews, and background checks.