Volunteering at the Library

The Dover Free Library welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities. Volunteers extend the reach and impact of the Library by helping with both routine tasks and special projects. You may be surprised by the variety of areas in which you can help. Here is an overview of the roles that volunteers can fill. If you have a particular interest or skill and don’t see it represented here, please tell us!

  • Book Shelver: Returning books to the shelves is one of the most essential activities at the Library because it enables patrons to find the materials they are looking for.
  • Display Assistant: Rotate and refresh the Library’s displays of books and other materials.
  • Materials Shifter: The library is a moveable feast; with new books constantly coming in, materials need to be shifted and occasionally weeded out.
  • Shelf Reader: Ensure that items are put back correctly by reviewing the order of books on the shelves. You might be surprised how many times books are “lost” when in fact they have simply been misshelved!
  • Periodicals Manager: Record and shelve new periodicals and maintain organization within the periodicals section.
  • Children’s Story Hour Reader: Read picture books to small groups of young children and assist with other activities, such as simple crafts.

There is no age minimum for volunteers, although young people under the age of eighteen will need to get parental/guardian permission. All volunteers must complete a simple volunteer application. To download the form, click here.

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