Bonneville County Library District (BCLD) recognizes that volunteers are a valuable resource for the Library. Their energy and talents help the Library meet its commitment to providing quality service to the public. By enhancing, rather than replacing, adequate staffing levels, volunteers aid the Library in making the best use of its fiscal resources. They help connect the Library to other community groups and organizations. They are liaisons to the community and, by their contributions, are advocates for quality library service.
BCLD volunteers are coordinated by the Library Director, or designated staff. Each volunteer must complete the “Volunteer Application” online at the circulation desk. Volunteers may be interviewed to determine their interests and levels of experience and capabilities.
Volunteer talents, experience, availability and interests will be considered in placement and job assignments. The placement of volunteers is at the discretion of the Library Director or designated staff. BCLD volunteers are bound by the rules contained in all Library policies and guidelines, especially those that relate to patron privacy and confidentiality.
Volunteers may not staff public service desks nor use staff computers. Likewise, volunteers may not access their personal library records. BCLD volunteers are often recognized by the public as representatives of the library and shall be guided by the same work and behavior codes as employees.
Volunteers work with the status of “at will” and BCLD has the right to terminate the volunteer’s working association with the Library at any time, for any reason. Volunteers may be asked to work on projects that are supportive of staff efforts. Not all volunteer opportunities are available at all times; however, some of the tasks regularly performed by volunteers include:
- Sorting and processing books and other donations
- Cleaning and repairing books and materials
- Helping with programs such as storytime or summer reading
- Working at book sales
- Shelving books and other materials
- Dusting books and shelves
- Shelf reading (checking for correct shelving order)
Volunteers are asked to record their hours of service in the “Volunteer Log Book” located online at the Circulation desk. The Library accepts volunteers requiring court ordered community service at the discretion of the Library Director. Court ordered community service volunteers are required to be interviewed by the Library Director, or designee, prior to being accepted for service.