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About Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for Jackson County Library Services. We value your time and look forward to working with you. Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about our Volunteer Program.

Jackson County library patrons need your help! You can help your community in the following areas:

At most libraries: Circulation /Shelving, Storytimes, Special Activities/Events, Summer Reading Program, Book Mending (select branches)

Medford/Ashland only: Rover – assists patrons, Information Desk, Children’s Department, Teen Department, Reference Department, Outreach to Homebound

Medford only: Outreach to Child Care, Technical Services

Can I help at any branch of the library?

Every branch has a need for volunteers. Depending on openings when you apply, we will do our best to assign you to the branch of your choosing.

What kinds of assignments are there?

A partial list of the skills needed include arts/graphics/crafts, clerical/office, communications/information, general library, facilities, outreach services, computer skills, youth services and other specialized areas. More information is provided at the interview.

What time commitment is expected of me as a Jackson County Library volunteer?

People typically volunteer two to three hours a week, but some volunteers have more time to offer. When you accept a volunteer assignment, we'd like you to commit to it for a period of at least three months.

Will I have a set schedule?

Probably. A set schedule allows us to coordinate the use of equipment and space. Some positions may allow you to volunteer irregular hours.

Will I be trained?

You will. Whenever you begin a new task, one of our professional staff members will work closely with you to familiarize you with the assignment to be done.

How old do I need to be before I can volunteer?

Applicants who are 14 years of age and up will be considered for volunteer positions.

C. Elam at the information desk

What steps do I take to become a volunteer?

1. Complete this application. Submit the form online or print it and mail to the Community Outreach Specialist at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501.

2. Contact the branch in which you are interested in volunteering to schedule an interview.

3. Interview at the branch library to determine an assignment that fits your skills.

4. Review orientation material given to you and attend an orientation meeting.

5. Go to the Human Resources Department at the County Courthouse, and fill out background check materials.

6. Your branch library staff will call you when your clearance is approved, and they will schedule a starting date with you.

That's it! We hope you join us. You will find that volunteering at the library is a great way to use your special skills to help others and to be connected with your community.

For more information contact Carrie Prechtel, Community Outreach Specialist, at (541) 774-6407 or cprechtel@jcls.org.

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