Volunteer

Volunteer

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Is it time to get involved with your community? To give back? To share your skills? To push yourself to try something new?   

We have volunteers from all walks and stages of life. They volunteer for all kinds of reasons, but they all choose the library because they love what we stand for: free access to information, a chance to connect with the community, and a place to learn, grow, and create. If you want to become a part of this mission and of the Tompkins County Public Library team, read on...

What can volunteers do?

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Below is a sample of volunteer jobs. Many volunteer jobs are seasonal and/or temporary. Once you complete a volunteer application, you will meet with the volunteer coordinator who will describe the various jobs that are available. Together, you will create a plan that works best for you and the library.

 

How do I apply?

Apply online. This is the fastest way to get started.  The volunteer coordinator will email you within two business days to set up an appointment with you for an interview and to discuss the best volunteer opportunity for you and your schedule.

Pick up a paper application at the Circulation or Reference Desk and mail in or return to the library.  The volunteer coordinator will email you within a week to set up an appointment with you for an interview.

Note: Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Applicants who are 12 or 13 years old may apply if they can ensure that an adult guardian or parent will be present in the library for the duration of the volunteer shifts.

 

Current Volunteers

 

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Registered volunteers can login to view schedules or check in and out during shifts.

 

FAQs

Can I just walk in and start volunteering?
Unfortunately, no. All volunteers must complete an application and be interviewed by the volunteer coordinator before they are accepted as a volunteer. Please count on at least a week or two between the time you submit an application and when you start your service. We have a high volume of requests, so your patience is appreciated!

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Applicants who are 12 or 13 years old may apply if they can ensure that an adult guardian or parent will be present in the library for the duration of the volunteer shifts. No one under 12 is allowed to volunteer.

The court is requiring me to do community service.  Do you accept this type of volunteer?
If your crime is a nonviolent crime, you may volunteer here.  You will be required to let the volunteer coordinator know the nature of your crime/offense so that they can let you know if you are eligible. 

Please note that any volunteer who needs a signature validating their service for the courts or JA at their school can volunteer only during the times the Volunteer Coordinator is present in the building.

Do I get paid?
No, the library does not pay volunteers for their service. That said, we work with a number of organizations that do pay the person and support that person as they learn job skills. If you're interested in this, we can discuss this during your interview and the volunteer coordinator can inform you of these organizations.

Can I be turned down or terminated?
Yes, the library reserves the right to not accept a volunteer request.  There are a variety of reasons why this may be the case:

  • The applicant may not possess the skills we need for the service we need.
  • The applicant may have committed a recent violent crime that we feel may put library patrons or staff at risk.
  • The applicant is a persona non grata.
  • The applicant/volunteer has not adhered to our library's code of conduct.
  • The volunteer has been a no call/no show for a few weeks.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

November 18, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

November 18, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

November 18, 2019
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore and learn new board games each week with Mike Timonin, local board game aficionado! All kinds of great games to choose from! Put on your strategic thinking cap and join us! Feel free to join in and play ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

3-D Printing Lab

November 18, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
Join Josh in the makerspace for 3-D printing lab, where participants can bring in their 3-D model files and bring them to life using one of our state-of-the-art 3-D printers. Participants should bring their files (.STL or .OBJ) on a flash dri...
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Event Description
Meet & Greet Notre Dame faculty & administration for an informal INFORMATION NIGHT about education opportunities for Notre Dame High School, Grades 7-12 and the Ithaca bus that transports students daily from Tompkins County to Notre Dame HS. For more...