About the Library Volunteer Program
The Paso Robles City Library Volunteer Program was instituted in 1995 to help the library staff make full use of its new and considerably larger building. Starting with only a handful of volunteers, the program has grown to be one of California’s most innovative models of volunteerism. Today, over 120 volunteers contribute annually over 16,000 hours of their time and talent to providing excellence in library service.
**Volunteer Opportunities Beginning January 2017**
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The adult volunteer program is a two-to-four hours-per-week, one-year commitment that provides for a broad learning experience in many areas of library service, from "up front and personal" to "behind the scenes." All positions require a positive attitude and a desire to have fun!
Library volunteers come from wide range of backgrounds and their contributions to the library community are immeasurable—assisting in checking materials in and out, answering reference questions and finding information for patrons, monitoring the public computers, performing a variety of tasks in the children’s library, sorting and processing incoming materials, shelving items and keeping the shelves orderly, and mending worn and well-used books, magazines, and audio discs.
Volunteers staff the Friends of the Library Gift Shop - a delightful boutique filled with unique merchandise and educational gifts - and sort and sell book and magazine donations - the proceeds of all going toward purchasing materials and enhancing current programs. Volunteers also assist the Paso Robles Library Foundation in raising additional monies for the library. And the five volunteers appointed by the city council to serve on the Library Board of Trustees are entrusted to recommend goals and policies to address the information and entertainment needs of the community.
As a library volunteer, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are providing a much-needed, much-valued service to the community. Through your participation, the library will continue to be a place where both you and the people around you are enriched by your efforts.
Customer Service Oriented
- Children's Library
Assist young patrons with their information needs at Children’s desk, shelve children’s materials, share library experience through shared books and activities
- Circulation Desk
Assist patrons checking out and/or returning materials, paying fines, and picking up requested items
- Reference/Computer Desk
Assist patrons with their information needs
- Friends of the Library
Sell books, magazines and merchandise in Gift Shop (off lobby)
- Study Center
Assist staff in satellite facility for north-side children after school
Behind the Scenes
Repair books and audio-visual materials
Prepare new materials for patron use
Process materials received through Black Gold delivery
- Donations Sorting
Assist in sorting donations, assist with periodic book sales
- Friends of the Library
Assist in sorting and storing donated materials
Independent Work in Public Areas
- Shelving/Shelf Reading
- Materials Requests
Fulfill patrons’ materials requests
- Special Projects
A variety of tasks, such as displays, collections maintenance, etc.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for any City Volunteer Programs, simply complete the following application and return it to the Paso Robles Library or Human Resources Division at City Hall.