Volunteer

Every year, hundreds of volunteers provide thousands of hours to help the library. Volunteers are needed for technology help, the checkout desk, and programs assistance. You must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer at the library.

1. Download your application below, or pick one up at the library.
2. Fill it out and sign it. If you’re a teen, you’ll need your parent or guardian’s signature too.
3. R
eturn your completed application to the checkout desk at either library, or scan and email it to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Teen Volunteer FAQs

I am interested in volunteering for a regular weekly shift.  What do I need to do?

  1. Fill out the correct application and turn it into the checkout desk at either Westbank or Laura’s Library. We view volunteering as a gateway to your first job.  That means we expect you to come in and turn in your application yourself – as you would if you were applying for a job.
  2. If we have openings, we will contact you to schedule an interview, which will last approximately 10-15 minutes.
  3. If you’re selected for a volunteer position, we will train you during your first scheduled shift.  Shifts range from two to three hours per week, depending on the time and day of the week. Our libraries are very busy, so we expect you to be able to come every week and to commit for at least one semester.
  4. If you can’t make it, you will need to arrange to find a substitute.

I can’t make it to my scheduled shift, how do I find a substitute?

Send an email to teenvolunteers@westbanklibrary.com IMPORTANT: Be sure to include the daydatetime, and at which library you work. These email requests are sent to all teen volunteers and Circulation Coordinators. Once you’ve found a sub, let your Circulation Coordinator know. If you are unable to find a sub, please let your Circulation Coordinator know ahead of time.

How do I contact my Circulation Coordinator?

Please call 512-327-3045 and ask to speak to Circulation. If you prefer email, please send to questions@westbanklibrary.com

How do I get my hours transferred to my school?

Fill out and submit this form:

Teen Volunteer Hour Request Form

Please note that you can only apply your hours to one organization at a time. For example, if you’ve volunteered a total of 12 hours, you can decide to split your hours, giving 4 hours to CHAPS and 8 hours to NHS. Or, you can choose to have 12 hours go entirely towards CHAPS or entirely towards NHS. However, you cannot give 12 hours to both CHAPS and NHS at the same time (you only have 12 hours total). If you have any questions about how this works, please be sure to ask one of the Circulation Coordinators. All fields are required.

 

Additional volunteer opportunities at the library include:

  • Friends of the Library, our non-profit support group and hosts our annual Artisans’ Market
  • Teens ages 13-18 can drop in to help with the Free Play program, Mondays at Laura’s from 4-7 pm. Come for the whole time, or any portion you can. Just bring your parent’s contact information with you.
  • MLIS Practicum or Capstone Students – email the Associate Director
  • Scouts – email us at questions@westbanklibrary.com

There are also many volunteer opportunities around Austin. Here are some suggested outside resources: