Volunteering at Loudoun County Public Library FAQs

How old do I have to be to volunteer at the Library?

You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer.

Where can I volunteer?

You may volunteer at any of nine branches: Ashburn, Cascades, Gum Spring, Law Library (Leesburg), Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Rust (Leesburg), and Sterling.

How do I get started volunteering?
Complete the online application or apply in person at your local branch.

How often do I need to volunteer and can I set my own volunteer schedule?
All volunteer service is performed on a flexible schedule during Library hours.  The volunteer coordinator will discuss and set up your schedule with you.  Volunteer schedules vary by branch.

How do I keep track of when and how many hours I volunteer?
You will be expected to sign in and out every time you volunteer.  Your orientation will include instructions for the process.

Will you give me a reference and/or sign documents to verify to my (teacher, boss, parent, etc.) that I have volunteered?
We will verify your volunteer hours and references may be considered on an individual basis.

What happens if I get too busy and can’t volunteer anymore?
Be sure to tell the volunteer coordinator or the branch manager if you are stopping your volunteer service.

Are there any special benefits if I volunteer at the Library?
We give special recognition to our volunteers throughout the year and award ‘volunteer status’ for those who volunteer over a certain number of hours.  

What kinds of things will I do as a Library volunteer?
Tasks vary by branch and the age and ability of the volunteer.  Tasks may include:  shelving books, magazines, DVDs and other AV materials, looking for books and other items on request lists, sorting and organizing materials, processing books for surplus or Library book sales, and other tasks as requested.

Can I volunteer to help with a Library program or event?
Yes, some programs require assistance with preparation and set-up and others require specialized volunteers that may require additional training and/or a minimum length of service.  Those opportunities may include:  ESOL Conversation Group, ESOL tutoring, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Program, and others.

Can volunteer hours count as court-ordered community service?
No.

What else do I need to know about volunteering at the Library?
As a volunteer, you represent the Loudoun County Public Library and you are expected to behave in a professional manner at all times.  A few guidelines include:  always wear your volunteer badge and dress appropriately, do not use your cell phone (listening to music, texting, or talking), do not eat or drink, and refer patrons to the information desk whenever they ask a question.

Do I have to attend a volunteer training or orientation?
Orientation and training vary by branch.  After you submit your application you will be contacted by a branch volunteer coordinator and they will explain the requirement to you.

Does the library have volunteers serve on their advisory boards and Friends groups?
Yes, every branch has an advisory board or a Friends group.  Please refer to the Advisory Board site for more information.  Ask the branch manager for the contact information to their Advisory Board or Friends group.

Does the library have a Foundation?
Yes, the Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. (LLF) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization.  Please refer to the Loudoun Library Foundation site for more information.

What do I do if I have a question, concern or problem related to my volunteer service?
Always be sure to go immediately to a staff member if you have any questions, concerns, or problems.

Volunteering at the Library is an excellent opportunity to work in a pleasant, indoor environment with a flexible schedule.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering!