Support your community and help the library when you join The Volunteer Program at The Blue Mountains Public Library. The Volunteer Program provides opportunities for individuals to use their skills, talents and interests to serve The Blue Mountains community. We welcome applications from those who are 14 years of age and older.
As a valued member of our team, we appreciate the generous gifts of your time, energy and special skills. Engage with your community, share your knowledge and skills, and help build a life long love of reading and learning to your community as a Volunteer with The Blue Mountains Public Library. Your significant contribution provides a higher level of library services and quality of life in the Town of The Blue Mountains.
Due to COVID-19, there are currently no volunteer opportunities available at this time. Please check back soon.
Become a Volunteer Today
Prior to being interviewed for a Volunteer position, you are required to:
- Complete the Volunteer Application Form
- Read and sign the Oath of Confidentiality Form
- Read the Volunteer Code of Conduct
- Complete a Criminal Records Form (if applicable to volunteer position)
- Review the information in the Volunteer Handbook
An orientation and information session will be given before you begin your duties.
Please note: All personal information collected is for internal purposes only and will be treated as confidential.
Library Volunteer Positions
Materials Processing Assistant (Once a week, 2-3 hrs)
Under the supervision of Library Staff, the Materials Processing Assistant makes library books and audiovisual materials shelf ready. Tasks could include: receiving new materials, applying date and ownership stamps, affixing labels, including appropriate genre labels, applying tape, and covering books with plastic sleeves. Accuracy, neatness, and attention to detail are essential to this position. Must be able to use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate tools; perform repetitive motion using hands, wrists and arms.
Overdues Assistant (Once a week, 2 hrs)
Looks for lost and missing books. Check shelves for books that have been claimed returned, using a systematic approach to look for lost items. Search shelves for materials that are on the overdue list. Call patrons to remind them of overdue materials. Keep detailed call log. The first call is placed when the materials are one week overdue. Three subsequent telephone calls are made. Attention to detail. Pleasant telephone manner. Must adherence to library privacy and confidentiality policy.
Children's Programming Assistant (Once a week, or as needed)
Work with library staff, to assist with children's programming, such as story times, baby play group, after-school club, and special events. Prepare materials for programs, including crafts. Assist with, and on occasion, deliver, set-up, & cleanup of programs. Provide feedback about programs which will help in improving program quality. Assist with program surveys and evaluation. Provide new ideas and input into existing and new programs. Help locate or shop for materials in craft area and storage room or local shops or as directed by library staff. Teachers, caregivers, and educators are strongly encouraged to apply. Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector required.
Shelf Maintenance Assistant (Shelver) (Once or twice a week, 2-3 hrs)
Come in on a weekly basis to shelve new and returning library materials and accurately shelf read an assigned area of the library, making corrections as necessary. Ensuring books are in the correct order and the shelves looking neat and tidy. This job involves pushing a book cart, bending and stooping, shelving on all levels, including lower shelves. Must be accurate with high level of attention to detail, and be familiar (or able to learn) the Dewey Decimal system.
Magazine and Newspaper Processing Assistant (Once a week, 1 hr)
Receive all new magazines and keep a detailed log when new materials are received. Process, shelve and maintain new and current magazines and periodicals, ensuring current periodicals visible and accessible.
Materials Support and Book Repair Assistant (Biweekly or as needed)
Check selected donations against the collection. Must be accurate and be familiar (or able to learn) the Blue Mountains Public Library's computerized catalogue system. Repair damaged items including loose pages, damaged pages. Ability to repair materials neatly, with precision. Mending procedures and instruction by staff personnel and current experience menders.
Homebound & Seniors Storytime and Delivery Assistant (Biweekly or as needed)
Deliver and return library materials to patrons who are unable to visit the library due to mobility or health concerns (homebound). Deliver books to Errinrung, and return items from residents to the library. Provide Story Time at Errinrung on a monthly basis. Must have valid driver's license. Must be able to carry a box of books. Genuine interest in volunteering with the elderly and sharing the love of reading with others. Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector required.
Museum Volunteer Positions
Collections Assistant (Once a week, 2-3 hrs)
Tasks include: cataloguing and description of the collection, filing and maintaining collection records, photographing collection, digitization of images, labeling artifacts, working with databases.
Research Assistant (Once a week, 2-3 hrs)
Tasks include: assisting with research requests, genealogy, searching for new information on topics, newspaper documentation, creating self-directed aids for researchers, working with databases, other archives and library collections.
Then and Now Project (Once a week, 2-3 hrs)
Tasks include: filming video interviews, editing video, still photography, research of topics, digitization of images and uploading, outreach to the community. Volunteers will work with a team, although some aspects can be done individually.