Volunteering at the Library
How to Become a Volunteer
- Browse our list of volunteer positions and descriptions below
- Complete and submit the online volunteer application (currently unavailable)
- A signed Volunteer Agreement is required. A parent or guardian’s signature is also required on a teen volunteer’s form
- Must be at least 13 years of age
- Teens will need to provide a letter of recommendation from teacher, coach, etc.
- Adults, 18 years and older, must pass a criminal background check
- Must attend a volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. Dates and times will be posted on the library’s website
- Must attend training provided by the Volunteer Supervisor
- Agree to a commitment of at least 30 hours per year
Volunteer Positions and Descriptions
|These volunteers provide a core service to our library, putting back all the items patrons check out! RRPL has had more than 1.2 million items check out annually these last two years. Alongside the library staff, shelver volunteers take carts of ordered books grouped by collections and file them where they go. You’ll alternate between putting away books for all collections, both children and adults.
|This job is distinct from shelving. Straightener’s walk the library aisles, usually assigned to either the 2nd or 3rd floors, straightening and tightening loose or sloppy shelves, putting away items left by patrons on our ‘re-shelve’ carts or left loose on shelves, and even more crucially, reading the spine labels of items to make sure the items are in order and in the section they belong to.
|Service Desk Assistant
|Volunteers can be assigned to help answer patron questions about library services from our 2nd or 3rd floor service desks. These questions can range from, “Where’s the snake?” to, “Where are the books about ancient Rome?” to, “How do I attach a document to send by email?” Volunteers in these roles are always accompanied by library staff, acting in a supplementary role only; no volunteer is expected to staff the service desks without backup! Previous experience in a library field or education is preferred.
|When we have an information table/booth at a non-library location, or when we have a big program or event involving hundreds of attendees, we ask for volunteers to help out. Tasks for volunteers range from setting up tables and chairs, staffing these tables to hand out brochures, prizes, or other extras and answering attendee questions, to helping with clean-up at the end. These are rare job postings but vital when we need the help!
|Collection Development Assistant
|These volunteers will be assigned to partner with a particular librarian to help her review how well books are checking out, weed (remove) non-circulating items, make recommended booklists for marketing, and the like.
|Book Repair Assistant
|Assist Technical Services staff in cleaning, paper mending, and hinge and spine reinforcement. Attention to detail is a must. Good fine motor skills doing detail work. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon for 2-3 hours, depending on the number of repairs needed. Working with glue that contains formaldehyde. No experience needed.
|1 Position Available – Apply Now
|ESL Program Volunteer(s)
|These volunteers will assist with the ESL (English as a second language) program. Help make a difference in our community by supporting adults seeking to speak English in our weekly classes. Volunteers may serve in the role of classroom assistant, substitute, tutor, or prospective teacher. For more information about this role, please contact Susan Seguin at email@example.com
|3 Positions Available – Apply Now
NOTE: At this time, we do not have any volunteer opportunities. Please check back at a later date.
Year-round and seasonal opportunities for adults and teens.
- Greet and direct library users
- Shelve returned items
- Facilitate or assist in adult programs
- Instruct computer classes
- Facilitate or assist in children, tween, and teen programs
- Assist with weeding materials
- Repair damaged materials
If you have any questions about specific volunteer opportunities, please contact:
The Round Rock Public Library 2024 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 3 – July 31.
Applications will open at the end of March and be posted here.
Want to apply to be a 2024 Summer Reading Challenge volunteer? If interested, can you answer YES to the following?
- Are you between the ages 13-18?
- Do you have good customer services skills?
- Do you have an email address you check every day?
- Can you provide a letter of recommendation (email or letter) from someone who knows you, if this is your first year applying to volunteer?
- Can you commit to both June and July with no more than 7 days’ vacation? Please note if you list on the application that you are only available June or July, then we may be able to offer a position as a sub.
- If accepted, can you work 2 x 2+ hour shifts each week? You can also choose to work just one shift.
When you apply, please note the following:
- We are not asking for shift preferences when you apply, that will be decided in April/May.
- Depending on how many apply, we may not be able to offer everyone a shift.
- If selected and this is your first year volunteering references will be required by June 1.
Need more information? Contact Jane Dance, 512-218-7012
We do not have any positions currently open. Please check back at a later date.
TAB (Teen Advisory Board) is a group of teens ages 13-18, who meet once a month to help Teen Librarian, Miss Jane, plan teen activities/programs, select new materials, promote teen library events, and volunteer at library programs/outreach events.
To join TAB you need to:
- Commit to attending a meeting once a month (the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm).
- Volunteer a minimum of tidying/shelving on the 2nd floor.
- Volunteer at least 3 times during the year at either a children’s/teen or family program, which may include set up and take down.
- Fill out an application form –when positions become available we will make the application available here.
New members will need to attend a short Orientation with Miss Jane or one of the other TAB members at the beginning of their first meeting. You will have a tour of the library and be shown how to record your volunteer hours. YES you will get community service hours and recognition from us for your hours volunteered!
For more information please contact Miss Jane, 512-218-7012.
The Library offers opportunities for internships and school projects. We can accommodate Capstone and other internships, and individuals doing class projects. While these are primarily for library school students, other undergraduate and graduate internships and projects will be considered. Examples include:
- Statistical analyses
- Pilot project development and testing
- Cataloging and/or indexing genealogical and reference materials
- Collection analyses
- Student-designed projects
Opportunities for Library School Students
Some areas require volunteers who are library school students, graduates or undergraduates intending to enter a library school program or internship. These positions require approval by the Public Services Division manager. They include:
- Service Desk Assistant — Provide basic reference and circulation services.
- Ask a Librarian — Assist with our e-mail reference service. Must have e-mail access and be willing to respond to questions within 48 hours.
- Cataloging — Copy level cataloging. Requires completion of introductory level cataloging course.
- Special Projects — Past projects have included genealogical assistance, marketing, and newspaper scanning.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 512-218-3279 to inquire about internships or special projects.
Questions? Please contact a Volunteer Coordinator
Library Volunteers – Rock Stars
Anton Murray | Coordinator – Marketing and Events / Volunteer Coordinator
512-218-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Advisory Board and Teen Summer Reading Volunteers
Jane Dance | Teen Librarian
512-218-7012 or email@example.com