Volunteer FAQ

Are you looking to volunteer at Middletown Public Library? If you are, we have some rules below for you to review as well as information on how to get started with our volunteer program. 

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers perform a variety of duties, but the most important, recurring ones are the physical processing of new materials to be shelf-ready, re-shelving returned materials and shelf maintenance. These are vital jobs for the library. Volunteers keep the system going!

Volunteers are also used to assist library staff in programs and sometimes special and seasonal projects come up. Special skills or interests are of keen interest to us- we will find a match of your talent and interest to benefit the library.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the library. The library will work with each volunteer to make the assignment meet the age, ability, and interest of the library. Because so many students contact the library for short term community service projects, at times we have to resort to waiting lists.

If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian’s signature is required. Any volunteers who wish to apply to the teen volunteering program must fill out a Teen Volunteer Application and Policy and hand it in, complete, to Marissa at the Youth Services Desk. For adults, please fill out an Adult Volunteer Application and Policy and hand it in, complete, to Ellen at the Circulation Desk. Any incomplete application will not be considered.

Do I need a regular schedule?

Most volunteers have a set schedule, but it’s not required. We do appreciate it if you notify us of changes to your schedule, as it really helps library staff to know when someone can be expected; however, there’s just about always something to do, so even if you’ve just got 30 minutes to spare, please do!

Do I need special skills to volunteer?

Just a positive attitude and a willingness to help! For most volunteer jobs, you’ll use the alphabet and numbers. Shelving does require the strength to push a book cart, and the ability to reach up and bend down. Training is provided to familiarize you with any job you’re asked to complete.

Can I complete court ordered community service at the library?

Yes, arrangements can be made to help you fulfill your court-ordered service. These requests are handled specifically at the Main Library, 732 671-3700 x311 [Administration Office].

How do I get started?

Fill out an application! For an adult application, click here. For the teen volunteer application, click here. After the application is completed, please bring the adult application to the Circulation Desk or the teen application to the Children’s Desk. Please also review the FAQ’s and the Volunteer Contract before applying.