Statement of Purpose

Volunteer time, energy, and goodwill are invaluable assets to Fayette County Memorial Library. Volunteerism enhances the Library’s ability to fulfill its mission by providing opportunities for direct public participation in library services. Volunteerism also strengthens and deepens the Library’s relationships through the community. Volunteer opportunities offer citizens a way to contribute to the community, fulfill personal goals, achieve a sense of satisfaction, and learn more about the Library.


The Fayette County Memorial Library welcomes and appreciates volunteers from the community whose contributions expand and enhance the goals of the Library. Volunteers generally provide support services to paid staff or work on special projects. Participants in the volunteer program learn more about the library and its place in the community and observe firsthand how the library serves community needs.

Volunteers must meet the same standards as paid employees regarding operating within the stated policies and procedures of the Fayette County Memorial Library. Volunteers are also expected to have a good knowledge of the goals and purpose of the library and to reflect positive customer service attitudes to all library patrons. It is important that the use of qualified volunteers in the library program is a supplement to, and not a substitute for, paid staff.

A volunteer is anyone who, without compensation or expectation of compensation beyond reimbursement for legitimate library-approved expenses, performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of the Library. A volunteer must be officially interviewed, screened, and trained by a designated library staff member prior to the performance of a volunteer assignment.

Selection and Retention of Volunteers

The Library accepts volunteers ages 13 and up who can commit to long-term support service with the understanding that such service is at the sole discretion of the Library. The Library asks for a three-month minimum commitment from each volunteer, and the volunteer program does not accept court-ordered community service. The Library Director or Assistant Director recruits, screens, interviews, trains, directs, and evaluates volunteers.

Prior to acceptance as a volunteer, all applicants must fill out an application and meet with the Director and/or Assistant Director. Potential volunteers ages 13-18 will apply as part of FCML’s Volunteen program.

Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications in relation to the needs of the Library at any given time, and the volunteer’s ability to commit to a consistent schedule.

If there are no suitable volunteer opportunities available, individual applications will be kept on file for one year. Applicants will be called if there is a project that matches their interests and qualifications.

Volunteers agree that the Library may, at any time, for whatever reason, decide to terminate the volunteer’s relationship with the Library. The volunteer, may, at any time, for whatever reason, decide to terminate the volunteer’s relationship with the Library.

The Library may not accept every volunteer application. Reference checking, and where applicable, a background check, are required before any candidate can begin an assignment.

Please note: It may take up to two weeks to receive an initial contact after completing an application.

Training of Volunteers

After initial screening, volunteers will receive specific training to provide the information and skills necessary for successful performance of their volunteer assignment. The timing and methods for delivery of such training will be appropriate to the complexity and demands of the assignment.

Typical Duties

Volunteers may be asked to perform the following:

  • Help prepare office supplies

    • Make copies of flyers and informational documents as needed

    • Sharpen pencils


  • Assist in children’s programming

    • Help prepare for storytime crafts

    • Help with crowd control


  • Assist during teen programming


  • Read shelves


  • Sorting and shelving of library materials


  • General cleaning

    • Dusting

    • Sweeping

      • Inside

      • Outside patio and front entrance

    • Vacuuming

    • Removing trash

    • Wiping down surfaces with cleanser

  • Assisting during Summer Reading Programs (a separate duties list will be provided at the beginning of each summer)


Please note: Volunteers may not perform any activities that could reveal confidential patron information or use the Integrated Library System (ILS).

FCML Volunteer Program