Volunteering

You can help your libraries in the following areas:

At most libraries: Circulation/Shelving, Storytimes, Special Activities/Events, Summer Reading Program

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

Medford only: Outreach to Child Care, Technical Services

How do I become a volunteer?

Complete this application. Submit the form online or turn in a paper application found at any branch. This starts the registration process. You will then be instructed to:

  • Contact the branch in which you are interested in volunteering to schedule an interview.
  • Interview at the branch library to determine an assignment that fits your skills.
  • Attend a registration meeting.
  • Go to the Human Resources Department at the County Courthouse, and fill out background check materials.

Library staff will contact you when your clearance is approved, and then you will schedule a starting date with your library.

That’s it! We hope 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.

FAQs

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

People typically volunteer two to three hours weekly or monthly, 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?

Youth applicants will be considered for volunteer positions based on maturity level.