Volunteer

The Power of Volunteers

In 2017, the Library benefited from 357 individuals contributing 26,128 hours of service, the equivalent of 12.5 full-time positions!

Using the Independent Sector's value of volunteer service for Kansas, these volunteers provided $589,447.68 in service value. This makes a huge impact on the quality of service the Library is able to provide.

Become a Volunteer

To be considered for a volunteer opportunity, please complete the Volunteer Application Form .

The completed form may be returned to any Library location, mailed to 711 W. 2nd St., Wichita, KS 67203 or scanned and emailed to admin@wichitalibrary.org.

If you have questions, please call (316) 261-8500.

Available Opportunities

    • Job Purpose: This position assists with unpacking, sorting, and processing items from deliveries. Candidate will also be trained to pull and process customer holds requests.

      Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Unpack boxes from deliveries
      • Sort boxes onto carts according to items requested and items returned
      • Scan requested items and put printed sticky label on item
      • Shelve requested items in proper place according to guidelines
      • Scan returned items to make them available at Alford
      • Place returned items on a cart to be shelved
      • Print holds requests
      • Pull holds from shelves
      • Check in holds and sort according to requested location

      Qualifications:

      • Basic alphabetical skills
      • Basic computer skills
      • Good attention to detail
      • Recognize unique situations that may need staff assistance

      Hours: Monday - Friday, 1 - 3:30 p.m. We are in need of two or three applicants to ensure all days are covered.

    • Job Purpose: This position assists with unpacking, sorting, and processing items from deliveries. Candidate will also be trained to pull and process customer holds requests.

      Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Unpack boxes from deliveries
      • Sort boxes onto carts according to items requested and items returned
      • Scan requested items and put printed sticky label on item
      • Shelve requested items in proper place according to guidelines
      • Scan returned items to make them available at Linwood
      • Place returned items on a cart to be shelved
      • Print holds requests
      • Pull holds from shelves
      • Check in holds and sort according to requested location

      Qualifications:

      • Basic alphabetical skills
      • Basic computer skills
      • Good attention to detail
      • Recognize unique situations that may need staff assistance

      Hours: Monday, 1 - 3 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    • Job Purpose: Storytime assistants directly assist the Youth Services Librarian during Preschool Storytimes, helping children be comfortable and well behaved during the program.

      Duties and Responsibilities: Storytime Aides focus on directly assisting the Youth Services Librarian. They:

      • Assist librarian in set-up and tear-down of space for storytime presentations
      • Monitor children during storytimes and assist those in distress
      • Gather storytime attendance statistics
      • Assist librarians in special projects as needed, such as labeling items or creating storytime aids
      • Perform other tasks as needed

      Qualifications:

      • Students aged 12+ or adults of any age
      • Ability to commit to a regular schedule
      • Enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn new tasks
      • Professional demeanor
      • Experience with supervising small children preferable

      Hours: Tuesday mornings, 10:15 to 11:15, coinciding with fall and spring storytime seasons. Fall semester runs September to November. Spring season will open mid-January and end in April. Storytime Aides have the summer off and may resume again in the fall.

    • Job Purpose: This adult volunteer position assists library staff with pulling from the shelves requested material and processes those requests so the material is ready for pick up by customers.

      Duties and Responsibilities: Requests Processing Assistants are expected to:

      • Locate and pull requested material from a list
      • Process requested material using the library's software
      • Shelve requested material on holds shelf, shifting and straightening area as needed
      • Work efficiently, making good use of time

      Qualifications:

      • Age 18 or older
      • Ability to file alphabetically and numerically according to library shelving rules
      • Experience with computers
      • Ability to work regular schedule
      • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
      • Enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn new tasks
      • Professional demeanor

      Hours: Two positions available: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.; Friday 9-11 a.m.

  • For questions or more information about volunteering with the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, contact Melissa Baum, Operations Manager, at fwplbooks@gmail.com.

    • Duties and Responsibilities: The duties include counting money and working the desk for a 3-4 hour shift. The volunteer is responsible for helping the public when they are paying for their items. The volunteer is mainly sitting for the shift. The volunteers also help out by straightening the shelves.

      Hours: Monday 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

      Skills: Need to be able to handle and count money, and handle books.

    • Duties and Responsibilities: The duties are the same for the Desk Worker but instead of a regular schedule substitutes are called on an on-call basis. If a permanent volunteer is absent for any reason a substitute is called in. You can decline when called if you are unable to help on the day and time you are called.

      Hours: Monday 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

      Skills: Need to be able to handle and count money, and handle books.

    • The Friends hold special sales throughout the year. Responsibilities may include helping customers, sorting and stacking books, and event set up and tear down.

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