Adult Volunteer Program

Opportunities

The Adult Volunteer Program offers opportunities in many areas of library service, from "up front and personal" to "behind the scenes" and several areas in between. Currently, there is a need for:

  • Book Drop assistance, Monday mornings Involves emptying the exterior book drops into a bin, pushing the bin back into the library, and checking the items in. It requires flexibility (to reach into the book drops); a strong back (the bin can get heavy) and attention to detail (checking the materials back in). 
  • Shelving assistance, various shifts Requires extreme attention to detail, especially in the non-fiction collections, a command of the alphabet, and the ability to reach the highest and lowest shelves. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning or afternoon shifts available.
  • Children's and Reference Desk assistance, various shifts Involves helping patrons find the materials/information they are looking for. Other tasks involve overseeing use of the public Internet computers (limited technical assistance needed) and shelving books during quiet times. Service desks require good customer service and problem-solving skills. Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday-Friday.

Service Desks

Provide front-line customer service at one of our three service points: the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk, and the Children's Desk. Ideal for individuals with strong customer service skills and the ability to multi-task.

Behind-the-Scenes

Get a sneak peak at incoming materials through processing, mending, and sorting donations. Ideal for detail-oriented individuals with good small-motor skills.

Semi-Behind-the-Scenes

Work independently but among the public providing occasional directional assistance to the general public. Ideal for detail-oriented individuals.  

Gift Shop

Enjoy meeting people in a retail environment working in the Gift Shop, located just off the lobby--a delightful boutique filled with unique merchandise, educational gifts and gently-used books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. 

All assignments provide opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.

Commitment

All positions require an on-going weekly commitment of one day, 2 to 3 hours, a positive attitude, and a desire to be part of the cornerstone of this community. 

Application Process

Library volunteers are representatives of the city and, as such, applicants undergo a thorough on-boarding process:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Reference Checks
  4. Background Check (fingerprinting)
  5. Orientation and Training

Submitting Your Application

Applicants must be 18 years or older. To apply for the Adult Library Volunteer Program, submit a completed application (PDF) to:
Suzanne Robitaille, Volunteer Coordinator
Paso Robles City Library
1000 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

You may also submit it to:
Human Resources
821 Pine Street, Suite A, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Not Quite Ready to Commit to a Weekly Shift?

Share some of your time with one of the Library's non-profit organizations-- Friends of the Paso Robles Library or the Paso Robles Library Foundation. Through fun events and fundraising campaigns, both generate additional revenue for Library programs and materials and rely on community support. Or, apply to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Five community members, appointed by the City Council, advise and make recommendations to city management on ways to address the information needs of the community.

Questions? Contact: Suzanne Robitaille, Library Volunteer Coordinator at 
805.237.3870 or srobitaille@prcity.com