Volunteer at the Library

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers are the heart of The American Library in Paris. More than fifty volunteers currently donate their time and talents to provide valuable assistance to our staff and patrons of the Library. Our volunteers range in age from teens to seniors. Some do short-term projects, and some stay for decades. We welcome your gift of time, whatever it may be.

Work assignments are available during most operational hours, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Please see below for examples of the kind of volunteer opportunities generally available. If you are a member of the Library (or are planning to become one) and are interested in volunteering, please fill out the forms below (for adults and for youth). 

How to volunteer

Teens (ages 16-18 with consent of a parent or guardian):

Adults (ages 18+):

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Upon receipt of your completed application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. At that point we will discuss your interests, talents and availability, as well as what opportunities are available at the time. Job-specific training will be provided on-site.

  • Volunteers are selected on the basis of their skills, experience, interests and availability for a particular project.
  • All volunteers go through a selection process of application and informal interview.
  • The selection process will assess the interests, experience and skills of each volunteer and when placing the individual will attempt to match these as closely as possible with the types of opportunities currently available within the Library.
  • In some cases a trial period may be agreed.

Volunteer Opportunities

The following list provides examples of the kind of volunteer opportunities generally available at The American Libary in Paris:

We need volunteers to help with our evening programs at the Library, typically on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 19h30 to 20h30. Tasks would include managing a registration or refreshments table, assisting with program set-up or break-down. Excellent hospitality skills a plus! 

We need volunteers to help welcome members and guests at the welcome desk near the entrance of the Library. Duties include checking membership cards and answering general questions of the Library. 

Desired qualifications include customer service experience, active listening skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, ability to interact with people from all walks of life. You must be at least 18 years old. Training will be provided.

On Saturday and Sunday, days when many families and working individuals come to the Library, that's when volunteers are most needed. These are two of the busiest days of the Library's week and with the influx of users come more books to be shelved, more people to welcome, added support for children's programs and more. 

All Children's and Teens' services volunteers will assist with: reshelving books, conducting inventory, maintaining displays, and assisting in preparation for children's programs. In addition, there are other volunteer positions in the Children’s and Young Adult Services department that may appeal to you. 

Storytime: Volunteers assist in readings and other programs alongside the youth librarian on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as preparation and clean-up. 

Young Adult Services: Volunteers help during teen events after-hours. Some lifting and moving may be required, as well as lots of energy! 

Craft assistants: Help to plan and prepare the craft projects for our weekly Wednesday Story Hour for ages 3-5 and/or Saturday programs for ages 6+. Artistic ability is appreciated, but not required! Lots of cutting, coloring, and detail work will be involved and a minimum of two 4-hour shifts is ideal for this position. 

Graphic design and social media: Volunteers create content for social media or flyers to promote the children's and teens' collections and programs. 

Schedules vary and training is provided. A minimum commitment of 6 months is requested. 

If you’ve ever looked for a book that the Library says is in but that you can’t find, then you know how important correctly shelved materials are to a user-friendly library. Qualities needed for this position include good eyesight, the ability to stand for long periods and to follow directions, to use alphabetical and numerical filing systems, to reach above your head, use a footstool and push carts of books. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys organizing and sorting. 

Special book searches, category verification, and cataloging are just a few of the tasks that collection support volunteers may be called on to perform. Volunteers must have an eye for detail, must be able to work without close supervision and must be available to volunteer during regular business hours. Interns from Library schools are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for volunteers who have an interest and expertise in social media. Under the guidance of Library staff, volunteers will actively create posts on all of our social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Those with photography skills are also welcome to take photos for our social media. 

Volunteer with graphic design experience - or students studying graphic design - can help with creating flyers, brochures, and other printed and web materials as needed for the Library's marketing purposes. Hours are flexible.

Volunteers with expertise in film editing can help Library staff with creating videos for our YouTube channel. Tasks can include helping to film Library events and editing the footage for consistency. Hours are flexible and can be done from home. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 09:43