Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with Jackson County Library Services!

All across Jackson County, members of our community who believe in the importance of books, education, and libraries for people of every age, step forward to gift us with their time, dedication and enthusiasm.

Volunteers assist us in enriching programs and providing meaningful and ever-expanding services to the citizens of Jackson County. We are proud of our volunteers and view them as ambassadors for the library; communicating by their volunteerism that their local library is a valuable asset and encouraging others to utilize the library as a community learning and information center. 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us-we would be happy to help! Once again, thank you for considering volunteering with us; we hope to meet you soon!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are not accepting applications for new volunteers at this time. Please check back for updates. Thank you!

Volunteer Portal

Use our volunteer portal to:

  • Post your hours
  • Update your profile
  • Check for messages

Contact Information

Volunteer Coordinator

Jackson County Library Services

205 South Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions or need more information, contact Jessica Arenas, Staff Development & Volunteer Services Coordinator at 541.734.3996 or bfogerty@jcls.org.

What steps do I take to become a volunteer?

Complete an application and submit the form online or turn in a paper application found at any branch. 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 with the volunteer coordinator and complete criminal background check. 
  • Library staff or volunteer coordinator will contact you when your background check has been approved.
  • Contact your library branch to set up a start date and schedule.

Is there a time commitment for volunteers?

Most of our volunteer positions require a minimum commitment of three months. Much of the work we do in the library requires training and an investment of staff time so we ask for a regular, ongoing commitment.  If you are looking for short-term or one-time opportunities, other organizations may be able to help:

Volunteermatch.com
The United Way of Jackson County
Pacific Retirement Services: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Will I be trained?

Yes! Your volunteer supervisor will work with you to make sure you have the information and training you need to do your tasks.

What if I don’t like my current assignment?¬†

If you feel that the tasks you are given are not a good match for you, notify your volunteer supervisor and we will work with you to find a placement that better fits your needs.

What are the age requirements to be a volunteer?

The minimum age to be an independent volunteer with Jackson County Library Services is 14 years old.  Youth who are 13 years and younger may volunteer if accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who has completed a criminal background check and is a registered volunteer.

Will I have a set schedule?

In order to plan work assignments in response to workload, most volunteer positions have a set schedule.  If having a schedule does not work for your circumstances, positions may be available that are more flexible.  We can discuss your scheduling availability during your interview. 

Can I complete service hours for school?

Maybe. Each branch and each department has different needs and some are able to accommodate and supervise high school internship and service hours.  For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 541.774.6422. 

Can I complete community service hours that are court-ordered?

Unfortunately, the Library is unable to accept court-ordered volunteers. The volunteer program at the library is looking for people who want to make a minimum commitment of three months. Most court-mandated volunteering does not fit into this structure.