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Volunteering at the Germantown Community Library

The Germantown Community Library encourages volunteer activity. By partnering with volunteers, the library hopes to further involve community members in its ongoing improvement and continued success. The library recognizes the unique talents, knowledge and expertise that volunteers provide to the community.

Currently, volunteer intake for Germantown Community Library is on hiatus. Friends Book Store and Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center are still accepting applications, but each have special requirements for volunteers. Please inquire for more details. 

Volunteer Opportunities
The Germantown Community Library has a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities available to members of our community. Volunteer roles range from sorting and shelving books to participating in our programs and events. If you are interested in supporting our community through volunteer service at the library, please fill out a volunteer application available at the library's Circulation and Reference desks, or download the City Volunteer Application and the Library Volunteer Application.

Please complete both application documents and deliver to:

Germantown Community Library
Attn: Volunteers
1925 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN  38138 

Types of Work and Work Requirements
Volunteers perform a wide array of tasks including helping with special events, shelving library materials, operations in the Friends Bookstore and various other tasks. The volunteer is required, along with filling out the initial application, to undergo a brief interview to determine the potential volunteer’s job interests at the library and their suitability for a particular volunteer position. 

The library does not accept court-mandated “volunteer” workers. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age for participation in the teen volunteer program and 16 years of age for participation in the general volunteer programs. Underage volunteers will need parental/guardian consent before being accepted as a library volunteer.

Dress Code
Volunteers working in a public service capacity are expected to conform to the library’s employee dress code. Volunteers in behind-the-scenes positions, such as sorting books for the library’s book sale, should dress appropriately for the conditions and performance of their duties.

Required Service
The library requests all volunteers commit to a minimum of one year of service. Volunteers are utilized during normal business hours only and will not be scheduled for times when the library is not open for business.

Volunteer Benefits
The library strives to encourage volunteer activity by recognizing service. Depending on the amount of time worked in a given year, a volunteer will receive special recognition for service performed. Listed below are the number of hours worked with their corresponding benefit: 

  • Any service - A certificate of appreciation.
  • 50+ hours of service (beginning January of each year) - Waiver of checkout fees for applicable library materials. This waiver does not include overdue fines. The waiver will remain in effect for one year beginning the first week of the month following the completion of 50+ hours of service. The waiver may be earned once per year beginning each January.
  • 100+ hours of service (beginning January of each year) - A bookplate in the volunteer’s honor.
Volunteer service time is calculated by reviewing the volunteer sign-in sheet. The volunteer coordinator will determine when a volunteer has worked the hours required for a given benefit. Upon determining a volunteer’s eligibility for fee waivers, the volunteer coordinator will give the volunteer’s name to the circulation supervisor so that they can make the appropriate adjustments to the volunteer’s library account. All volunteer sign-in sheets for the preceding month must be turned in at the beginning of each month.

Special Consideration
Volunteers under 16 years of age will be accepted to assist with Children’s Department activities during Summer Reading and at various other special events during the year. The volunteer is required, along with filling out the initial application, to undergo a brief interview to determine the potential volunteer’s job interests at the library and their suitability for a particular volunteer position. Volunteers in the Children’s Department will be asked to follow all rules for the event they are volunteering to work.
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