The library would not be what it is today without the volunteers who have donated their time to help staff complete innumerable tasks.
Library Volunteer Program Mission
As part of our commitment to empower Stillwater, the mission of the Stillwater Public Library’s volunteer program is to extend the capacity of the library’s staff so that they may better provide services to the community. By tapping into the skills, experiences, and talents of volunteers, we can reach more people, provide enhanced access to information and technology, and offer more lifelong learning opportunities.
Library Volunteer Program Vision
Cultivating a community-wide passion for literature, education, and technology through a diverse service program.
How to Apply
Take a look at the requirements for different types of volunteers that the library accepts and complete the appropriate application. The volunteer coordinator will review your application and get back to you within three business days.
Apply to become a short-term volunteer if you need to complete requirements for school, scholarships, a club, etc. We usually start all college students out as short-term volunteers unless they can commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year. Tasks may vary but typically include dusting and cleaning bookshelves, dusting and cleaning furniture and bookcases, alphabetizing children's books, picking up garbage on library grounds, helping staff prepare for programs, and data entry.
Court-appointed volunteers need to complete the short-term application. Additionally, you will need to submit (1) a copy of your photo ID and (2) a copy of the official document showing why you were assigned court-appointed hours (ex. speeding ticket or deferred agreement). Please note that there are some charges that we cannot accept, including but not limited to, theft, drug-related charges, or assault. View the Court Appointed Volunteers Policy for more details.
Tasks may vary but typically include dusting and cleaning bookshelves, dusting and cleaning furniture and bookcases, alphabetizing children's books, picking up garbage on library grounds, helping staff prepare for programs, and data entry.
Long-term volunteers are accepted on an as-needed basis and usually fill a specific role, such as shelving materials, helping with genealogy, assisting with displays or marketing, or providing technology tutoring. Since training is involved with these roles, applicants must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one full year, regularly each week, for at least two hours per week. If you're unable to commit to one full year, please complete the Short-term Volunteer Application instead.
Teens interested in volunteering should look into being a part of the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC), a group that helps plan and organize teen events at the library. There are also additional opportunities for teens to volunteer to help with the summer reading program and other events on an as-needed basis. Visit the teen page to learn more and apply.
The Friends of the Library always need help at the Used Book Sales in April and September. While there aren't a lot of other group volunteering options available at the library, there are occasionally large events or one-time projects that come up. If your group is interested in helping at one of the book sales or wants to check on other potential opportunities, email the volunteer coordinator.