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 part 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.

You can also pick up a paper application at the Circulation or Reference Desk and mail it in or return it to the library. The Volunteer Coordinator will e-mail 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 their 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 court-mandated service 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 are 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 several weeks.

Upcoming Events

Library Closed due to COVID-19

All Day 3/14 - 4/15
Branches:
Tompkins County Public Library
Description:
Effective 3/14 through 4/15 the Library will be closed due to our responsibility to the community in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus in conjunction with Tompkins County School closings. You can still access many online resources at w...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

March 31, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
About this event::
What do you want to make? Library Assistant Josh will walk you through using one of our machines. Please see below for options. During these learning experiences, you may experiment with TCPL's raw materials free of cost. If you plan to make mu...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Discover for yourself how this process can positively enhance your life, relationships, and health when you start taking the action your inner wisdom suggests. These classes will be using guided meditation, writing, and interactive group processes...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Mirage Belly Dance Performance

March 31, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Performance, Music, Other
About this event::
Join us for an evening of dance with the Mirage Belly Dancers. Since the late 1970s, Mirage Belly Dancers of Ithaca have offered festive performances in bright costumes to lively music in contemporary interpretations of this Middle Eastern art tha...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Kids Discover the Trail Class Visit

April 1, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
About this event::
TCPL welcomes ALL of the Kindergartners in the Ithaca City and Trumansburg School Districts for special class visits! ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Digital Lab Open Hours

April 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, Technology Class
About this event::
Tompkins County Public Library will be offering open lab hours in its digital lab.  Open lab hours will provide an opportunity for patrons to drop in and get help with their basic technology questions.  Patrons will be helped on a first com...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

April 1, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cancelled
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 "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Website Design Help One-on-One

April 1, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
About this event::
Join TCPL volunteer technology tutor Woojin Richardson for one-on-one assistance with your website questions.  Woojin has experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, and Firebase.  Please visit the Information and Learning Services refere...