Want to give back to your community and support the Library you love? 

 

Volunteer with us! 

The Transylvania County Library is seeking dedicated volunteers over the age of 18 to give their time and talents to support a variety of projects and programs.  You can become a part of our mission to connect, empower, and cultivate a vibrant Transylvania County by contributing your time in a number of ways.

Why we welcome volunteers:

The Transylvania County Library welcomes volunteers as an opportunity for community members to support our mission through service.  We depend on our volunteers’ commitment to service and myriad talents to strengthen our ability to provide programs and services throughout Transylvania County.

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Available positions
 

Reference Department

  • Shift books according to space needs
  • Locate duplicate copies of books for processing
  • Shelf-reading
  • Special projects as needed

Time commitment: 2 hours/week

Circulation Department

  • Phone patrons to inform them of available holds
  • Shelve new and leased books
  • Sort DVDs
  • Search for missing items

Time commitment: 2 hours/ week

Youth Services

  • Prepare craft materials for Storytime
  • Assist with inventory and weeding
  • Assist with book displays
  • Special projects as needed

Time commitment: 2 hours/week

Technical Services

  • Repair damaged items
  • Process new and recently added materials
  • Assist with dismantling of discarded materials

Time commitment: 2 hours/week

Local History

  • Assist with sorting, filing, and copying materials
  • Scan images for digitization
  • Genealogy research

Time commitment: 2 hours/week

Friends of the Library

  • Sort, price, shelve and sell used books in the Friends Book Store
  • Help with hospitality service for Library programs
  • Staff membership table at events
  • Assist with online book sales
  • Annual book sale

Time commitment: varies

Adopt-A-Shelf

  • Check book condition 
  • Examine book spine labels for correct placement on the shelves
  • Pull books to the front of the shelves
  • Dusting

Time commitment: 2 hours/month

 

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Expectations

In order to apply for volunteering, please:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Be in accordance with our criminal background policy.
  3. Have a library account in good standing (no fines in excess of $20).
  4. Have a genuine interest in serving your Library and community.

 

As a volunteer, you’re contributing to our goals in the community.  While at the Library, you’re representing TCL and Transylvania County.  As such, please abide by the following basic rules of conduct:

  1. Remain respectful of Library patrons and staff.
  2. Remain free of drugs and alcohol.
  3. Maintain patron and library confidentiality.
  4. Record the hours you work.
  5. Wear a name tag if you’re working with or around the public.
  6. Let your supervisor know if you can’t make it in to your regularly scheduled shift.
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Process
  • Fill out an application and return it to the Circulation desk or by email.
  • After reviewing your application, we’ll run a background check and contact your references.
  • Accepted volunteers will be contacted to set up a meeting time and placed in accordance with current needs and interests of the Library.
  • Please note: At times we may not be able to immediately place new volunteers due to low-turnover within our current team of volunteers (we love them!). If we can’t find a position for you at the time you apply, please check back soon and thank you for your interest in helping out the Library.
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Under 18?

Individuals 14 years of age or older are invited to participate in our Adopt-A-Shelf volunteer program.  

By “adopting” library shelves, volunteers will “read” the shelves by scanning the spine labels, place materials in the correct order, pull books to the front of the shelves, and keep adopted areas tidy by dusting those hard-to-reach spots.  This is a great opportunity for families, social groups, or individuals to take part in the upkeep of your library.

Training will be provided.  Please be willing to commit to at least a 3-month “adoption period,” for at least 2 hours per month.

Questions?

Let us know if you have questions.  Please contact Kelly McBride by calling (828) 884-3151  ext. 1830, or by email.