Volunteer Policy


Volunteers at the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library are defined as individuals who augment the efforts of paid staff through providing support, which enhances and expands the Library’s overall mission of service to the public.

A volunteer must be at least twelve years old to assist with either Adult or Children’s services. Volunteers are expected to adhere to a schedule approved by the Department Head, and just like a paid employee, communicate changes to that schedule (e.g. sickness). Volunteers are required to review and follow the code of ethics as accorded by the American Library Association relative to privacy standards concerning both patron information and exposure to daily events and situations within the Library.

Roles and responsibilities may include:

  • Shelving
  • Shelf reading
  • Preparing new materials for circulation, including stamping, attaching barcodes and spine labels, etc.
  • Delivering materials to the homebound
  • Assisting with programs, projects, and special events
  • Light housekeeping (e.g. dusting, polishing furniture)

Tasks that are never undertaken:

  • Answering the phone
  • Providing reference information to patrons
  • Working behind the circulation desk (i.e.: checking in or out materials)
  • Cataloging materials
  • Commenting on patrons’ materials selections

Background Checks

As part of the appointment process, the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library will investigate an applicant’s work and personal history, which may, depending upon a prospective volunteer’s assignment, include a Criminal Offender Record Inquiry (CORI) and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Approved: 04/2009
Revised: 03/17/2016