Adopt-A-Shelf Volunteer

Time Commitment

1-2 hours, weekly, 6 month commitment


Maintains order, accessibility, and appearance of assigned section of shelving.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Chance to meet new people
  • To work in pleasant surroundings
  • To develop new skills
  • Give something back to the community
  • Share your talents
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Enhance your resume
  • Satisfaction from accomplishment

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain orderly and clean shelves
  • Identify books requiring mending and place them in mending area noting the book's particular problem
  • Read spine labels, and re-shelf books that are not in proper order
  • Shift books as necessary, to assure easy access
  • Remove all bookmarks, paper, and litter from books and shelves

Skills/Abilities/Qualifications Required

  • Ability to work congenially with staff, patrons and other volunteers
  • Ability to provide dependable transportation, be punctual, and the ability to be contacted by telephone for scheduling changes and meetings
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions, policies and procedures
  • Ability to receive instruction from library staff, and the cooperation to abide by library policies and regulations
  • Ability to lift and move library materials as necessary
  • Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System
  • Ability to reach to top shelves and bend to bottom shelves