Volunteer Opportunities at The Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL)

The Atlantic City Free Public Library volunteer program was created to supplement the efforts of library staff in meeting the demands for library services to our public. Volunteers aid the library in making the best use of fiscal resources and by their contribution as advocates for the library.
 
Volunteer opportunities are available to adults, teens (13-17), and anyone 18 or older who wish to do assist the library.
 
To volunteer, individuals will:
  • Submit the Volunteer Application Form, indicating availability and special skills or training.
  • Submit the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form.
  • Volunteers may be subject to background checks and references may be contacted.
When there is an opening for a volunteer, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact applicants to schedule an interview and discus their qualifications and availability. Volunteer application will be kept for one year. Volunteers under the age of eighteen must have the application signed by a parent or legal guardian. Acceptance of an application is at the library’s discretion. New volunteers will undergo training sessions, and volunteers are subject to review and dismissal.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Richmond Branch Volunteer (2 to 3 positions available depending on the number of hours committed)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Richmond Branch volunteer must commit to working at least one of the days of operation at the Branch. The current hours of the Richmond Branch are Tuesday through Thursday 12 Noon to 5 PM. Volunteers will shelve books, DVDs, CDs; organize magazines and newspapers; assist with upkeep/order of shelves which may include light dusting of books and shelves; help retrieve items for Interlibrary Loan pick list. Adherence to an agreed upon schedule is required. Volunteers will supply their own transportation to the Branch and the library is unable to provide parking.

Volunteers will not perform the tasks of library paid staff members such using the library automated system to circulate materials.

Skills and Experience: Some customer service experience is preferred. This position requires attention to detail and organizational skills. Volunteer must be able to maneuver heavy carts and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will have a friendly manner and thrive working independently. Knowledge of alphabet required. Dewey Decimal System training will be provided.
Page / Collection Maintenance (2 to 5 positions available depending on the number of hours committed)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Shelve books, DVDs, CDs; organize magazines and newspapers; assist with upkeep/order of shelves which may include light dusting of books and shelves; help retrieve items for Interlibrary Loan pick list. Adherence to an agreed upon schedule is required. Volunteers will supply their own transportation to the library and the library is unable to provide parking.

Volunteers will not perform the tasks of library paid staff members such using the library automated system to circulate materials.

Skills and Experience:  Some customer service experience is preferred. This position requires attention to detail and organizational skills. Volunteer must be able to maneuver heavy carts and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will have a friendly manner and thrive working independently. Knowledge of alphabet required. Dewey Decimal System training will be provided.

Technical Services processing /bibliographic maintenance and Public Relations assistant (1 to 2 positions available depending on the number of hours committed)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Complete the processing of new materials by attaching labels, book jackets, audio and video security boxes to library materials including books, DVD, CDs and other audio formats. Book and audio/visual repair work is also included. Materials repair work includes: replacing worn and dirty book jackets, repairing of broken spines/using the book binding equipment, repairing of loose pages in materials, and working with individual departments to make decisions on whether to replace or repair materials. Discard work includes: stamping materials for withdrawal, removing pockets, targets, and date-due slips from items.

The volunteer may be asked on occasion to assist the library public relations officer with clerical tasks such as clipping news articles from local papers related to library activities. This work is performed on an as needed basis.

The Technical Services department may also ask a volunteer to assist in collection maintenance using the library computer system. This is dependent on the skill level of the volunteer. Strict adherence to an agreed upon schedule is required.

Skills and Experience:  This position requires attention to detail and organizational skills. Volunteer must have good dexterity and be able to affix labels to materials with exactness. Volunteers will be able to maneuver carts and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will thrive working independently. Knowledge of alphabet required. Processing and Library Classification System training will be provided.

Computer skills are not required but highly desirable. Please let us know if you have such skills.

Atlantic City Heritage Collections Volunteer (2-5 positions available, depending on the number of hours committed)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The Atlantic City Heritage Collections volunteers identify and label photographs, research Atlantic City historical topics using old newspapers and files, and inventory and prepare donated items for use.

Depending on experience and level of ability using computers, volunteers may be asked to transcribe oral history interviews and digitize (scan) photographs and postcards.

Skills and Experience:  This position requires attention to detail and organizational skills, as well as care in handling materials. Volunteer must have good dexterity and be able to write and analyze information. Volunteer must be able to maneuver heavy carts and lift light to medium weights.

Knowledge of Atlantic City history or places is preferred, but not required. Computer skills are not required but highly desirable. Please let us know if you have such skills.

Atlantic City Free Public Library Film Society Volunteer (1)

The library has a very successful film society that meets regularly every month. Volunteers will assist in preparing for meetings by performing clerical duties, setting up and breaking down the seating, decorations etc…

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The Film Society volunteers will attend film society events as well as be asked to work other hours to assist the film society staff preparing for meetings. Duties will require some physical labor including setting up chairs and tables.

Skills and Experience:  This position requires good communication skills and an out-going personality. Volunteers will be able to maneuver carts and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will have a background in the arts especially in film.

Special Event Volunteering

The Library is always on the lookout for out-going volunteers to help greet and assist the public who attend special Library programs. Volunteers who assist with special programs are utilized on an “on call” basis depending on the need for volunteer assistance. Most special programs are held in the evening or on weekends. The Library will maintain a file of available volunteers in this category and will contact you to schedule assistance for these events. You may be required to attend several pre-event meetings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Special Event volunteers will attend training sessions to orient them with the mission of the library as well as the wide variety of services that we provide.  We require these volunteers to have a good knowledge of the programs and services of the library and be able to communicate to the public in a general sense about our mission

Skills and Experience:  This position requires good communication skills and an out-going personality. Volunteer must be able to make their own travel arrangements to events and be prepared to work in an outdoor environment with a variety of weather conditions. You must be able to maneuver heavy carts and lift light to medium weights as well as be prepared to stand for fairly long periods of time.
Adult Voluneteer Opportunitites

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteer
Volunteering is one way that teens can increase their social and academic development while giving back to the community at large.  Volunteering helps you to meet requirements for scholarships or schools.  It can even lead to a Presidential Service Award which looks great to colleges and employers.  The Atlantic City Free Public Library is a certifying organization for the Presidential Services Awards Program, which means that your service hours will be tracked and rewarded. Teen Volunteers must enjoy working with children and be committed to offering quality service to a diverse community.
Requirements for becoming a teen volunteer:
Requirements:

Teen volunteers should be between the ages of 13 and 18 and demonstrate appreciation for the library, attention to detail, dependability, and a friendly and helpful attitude. Volunteers must commit to a set schedule and notify Youth Services staff if they will be unable to attend a scheduled shift. Volunteers are required to complete and submit a volunteer application and parental consent form before beginning their volunteer hours.Volunteers sign in and out for every shift with a librarian in the Youth Services department on the second floor. Duties are assigned at the start of each shift based on current need. Volunteers will be provided training on duties, but must be able to work independently.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Shelf Maintenance - Volunteers shelve books, DVDs, and CDs.  They assist with the upkeep and order of shelves by making their way through a section of shelves, checking to make sure that books are in the right order based on the Dewey Decimal System and that they are neat and straight.  They may be asked to search for missing or requested materials. Any books that are found to be in the wrong place are re-shelved in the appropriate location.Display Maintenance- Volunteers help to keep library displays full and up-to-date by pulling relevant materials, usually from a list of titles provided by a librarian, to replenish displays as items are checked out. Program Assistance- Volunteers can make use of unique talents or skills by assisting  the librarians in preparing for youth services programs like test-drive crafts for story time (and sometimes cut out/prepare materials), create thematic book displays,   and participating in youth programs both in and outside the library.  The Summer Reading Program is an important time of year to offer volunteer service.Technical Services processing and bibliographic maintenance:  Complete the processing of new materials by attaching labels, book jackets, audio and video security boxes to library materials including books, DVD, CDs and other audio formats. Book and audio/visual repair work is also included. Materials repair work includes: replacing worn and dirty book jackets, repairing of broken spines/using the book binding equipment, repairing of loose pages in materials, and working with individual departments to make decisions on whether to replace or repair materials. Discard work includes: stamping materials for withdrawal, removing pockets, targets, and date-due slips from items.Skills and Experience:  This position requires attention to detail and organizational skills. Volunteer must have good dexterity and be able to affix labels to materials with exactness. Volunteers will be able to maneuver carts and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will thrive working independently. Knowledge of alphabet required. Processing and Library Classification System training will be provided.