The Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library (APAML) Board of Trustees recognizes that volunteers are a valuable resource for the Library. Their energy and talents help the Library meet its commitment to providing quality service to the public. Volunteers enhance, rather than replace, adequate staffing. Volunteer services aid the Library in making the best use of its fiscal resources and help connect the Library to other community groups and organizations. Volunteers can also be valuable advocates for the Library in the community. The Library and its volunteers must work together to ensure a successful relationship. Library staff will continually work to recognize the contributions of Library volunteers and seek to expand the Library volunteer group as needed.

APAML volunteers are coordinated by the Library Director and must be at least 13 years of age (individuals under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the application). Junior volunteers under the age of 13 required to perform service for specific programs are accepted on a short-term basis. A responsible adult must accompany junior volunteers while on duty.

Each volunteer must complete an application which will be kept on file in the Library. Forms are available at the Circulation Desk. Volunteers may also be interviewed to determine their interests and levels of experience. Volunteer talents, experience, availability and interests will be considered in job assignments.

APAML volunteers are bound by the rules contained in all Library policies and guidelines, especially those that relate to patron privacy and confidentiality. Library volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the Library and will be guided by the same work and behavior policies as employees. Library volunteers will be familiar with the Library’s “Library Volunteer Guidelines” document.

Volunteers work with the status of “at will” employees and the APAML has the right to terminate the volunteer’s working association with the Library at any time, for any reason. Volunteers are required to check in with the Library Director and to check out upon leaving if they wish to have their hours recorded.

The Library accepts volunteers requiring court ordered community service at the discretion of the Library Director. Court ordered community service volunteers are required to be interviewed by the Library Director prior to being accepted for service.

Approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on July 9, 2015; reviewed January 24, 2017; amended November 1, 2022.