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Be a JCPL Volunteer


Volunteers are an important part of the library. Their time and energy increase the library's ability to deliver its services to the community.

Being a Volunteer at your local library is a great way to...


Get out into the community

Volunteering at the library will allow you to meet new people,make new friends and explore opportunities within your community.

Show off your special skills

Whether it is working with children, organizing events, helping adult programs, or something else, there are plenty of opportunities to do what you do best!

Get references, referrals, or experience

Volunteering at the library is a terrific thing to put on a resume or a school application, and allows you to gain valuable knowledge of books, resources, social skills, and much more.

Have fun!

With so much going on at the library, you are bound to find that there is always something interesting to do. Wouldn't you like to be a part of the excitement?

Volunteer responsibilities may include:

  • Helping with programs
  • Adopt-a-shelf
  • Cleaning toys
  • Arranging library scrapbook/ photos
  • ESL literacy, Spanish services
  • Reading to others
  • Decorating and preparing crafts
  • Gardening
  • Tutoring
  • Preserving historical documents

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

If so, please ask for an application at the front desk. We will then determine a schedule and task list that is good for both you and us. We will also periodically have workshops to inquire more about the program, learn the essentials to volunteering, and refresh your skills.

You must be at least 11 years of age or older to volunteer. An interview will be scheduled which will include filling out an application and discussing time commitments, skills, and interests. Individuals under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission.

If you are interested in volunteering at DeMotte, stop in or contact the DeMotte Library at (219) 987-2221.

If you are interested in volunteering at Rensselaer, stop in or contact the Rensselaer Library at (219) 866-5881.