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Volunteering At The Library

Volunteers play a vital role at the Ephrata Public Library. By donating their time and skills, they support and enhance the library’s services and mission.

If you’d like to volunteer in the library, please read through our volunteer job descriptions and complete the online volunteer application. All of our volunteer positions require different lengths of training from paid staff; therefore we ask that all library volunteers commit to volunteering at least six months. Those that are unable to commit to volunteering six months may be better suited for either the administrative/office, adopt-a-shelf, or event volunteer positions.

All volunteers, 18 years or older, at the Ephrata Public Library must provide up to date processed copies of both a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance form before volunteering. Each clearance form costs $10. Volunteers are responsible for paying all fees associated with the clearance forms. If this presents a financial hardship, the volunteer should convey this to the Volunteer Coordinator. These clearances will need to be updated every 36 months.

Clearances may be processed online and paid with a credit card.

For the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check visit: https://epatch.state.pa.us

For the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance visit: www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis

Print versions of these forms can be downloaded below; however submitting requests online expedites the processing of clearances.

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

Please contact Abby Balmer at 717-738-9291 ext. 104 or abalmer@ephratapubliclibrary.org if you have any questions or need more details.

Volunteer Positions

Administrative/Office Volunteer – volunteers assist library staff with a variety of office tasks such as folding brochures, stuffing envelopes, collating handouts, labeling, etc. The amount of work available will vary; therefore volunteers will be contacted as work becomes available.

Adopt-A-Shelf Volunteer – volunteers check that items are shelved in the correct order and straighten shelves in a library section of their choice at least once a month. Adopt a Shelf volunteers select their own hours, which makes it perfect for someone who cannot promise weekly hours. This position does require the physical ability to reach, bend and stretch, as well as the ability to arrange items in alphabetical or numerical order and to develop a working understanding of the Dewey Decimal system.

Book Repair Volunteer – volunteers mend books so that they can continue to be used by the public. Most repairs include taping torn pages and covers, repairing book spines, re-covering books and replacing spine labels.

Event Volunteer – volunteers assist with large library events such as the Summer Reading Carnival, Concerts by the Creek, The Friends book sale, visiting exhibits, etc. The schedule for these events will vary; therefore volunteers will be contacted as events are planned and scheduled.

Reserved Books Volunteer – volunteers call library patrons to inform them requested library materials are ready for pick-up, and shelve the called materials on the holdshelf. A weekly three hour commitment is required.

Shelver – volunteers sort and arrange library materials on shelving carts and accurately return library materials to the proper place in all sections of the library. While working they will check the shelves for neatness and the necessity of shifting items to alleviate overcrowding. A weekly three hour commitment is required. This position does require the physical ability to push a shelving cart, reach, bend, stretch and lift, as well as the ability to arrange items in alphabetical or numerical order and to develop a working understanding of the Dewey Decimal system and library lay out.

Volunteer Application Form



This page was last modified on May 30 2015