Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with Jackson County Library Services. Currently there are no openings for new volunteers. Please check back soon!
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!
Use our volunteer portal to:
- Post your hours
- Update your profile
- Check for messages
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 Marlena Fajardo, Volunteer Coordinator at 541.774.6592 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview. Together you will determine an assignment that fits your skills, interests, and the needs of JCLS.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will check references. Applicants over the age of 18 are required to submit to a criminal background check.
- New volunteers will attend volunteer orientation, then meet with their volunteer supervisor for hands-on training and to create a 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:
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 12 years old. Youth who are 11 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 the Volunteer Coordinator at 541.774.6592.
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.