In 2018, the Library benefited from 318 individuals contributing 17,668 hours of service, the equivalent of nearly 9 full-time positions!
Using the Independent Sector's
value of volunteer service for Kansas, these volunteers provided $412,547.80 in service value. This makes a huge impact on the quality of service the Library is able to provide.
To be considered for a volunteer opportunity, please complete and return the
The completed form may be returned to any Library location, mailed to 711 W. 2nd St., Wichita, KS 67203 or scanned and emailed to
If you have questions, please call (316) 261-8500.
Job Purpose: The volunteer will unpack incoming mail and separate the mail into two stacks:
The position will also be responsible for packing library material for shipment through U.S. Mail.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - Noon.
Physical Requirements: May require standing while moving for up to 2 hours, or standing stationary for up to 2 hours, on carpet, tile or concrete flooring; walking while pushing a loaded book cart weighing up to 200 lbs.; unloading packages of various sizes.
Job Purpose: In the new Advanced Learning Library, we host large crowds and many customers. In order to assist customers upon point of entry, greeters will be stationed near entrances on the 1st floor and/or 2nd floor to assist people in finding the area of their interest.
Qualifications: Greeter must be friendly, knowledgeable about library services and programs, and able to communicate effectively. Must know where library materials are located and be able to effectively guide customers to those locations.
Hours: Schedule is flexible. Weekend hours on occasion.
Working Conditions: Sitting, standing, and walking throughout the building.
Job Purpose: This is clerical work which will assist the Library in scanning paper registration forms into the Laserfiche scanning software.
Volunteer will be trained to use Laserfiche software.
Hours: Monday - Friday for approximately 2-4 hours per day.
Physical Requirements: Sitting in a chair and looking at a computer monitor for 1-2 hours scanning documents and continuous data entry.
Job Purpose: Prepare the library space for customer use.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9-11 a.m.
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.
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: To assist customers with various computer issues.
Work in this position includes:
The following skills are needed for this position:
Hours: Schedule is flexible during the branch's regular hours of operation, Tuesdays 1-8 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays 1-6 p.m.
Hours: Monday, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Job Purpose: This adult volunteer position assists library staff with unpacking and checking in of library materials deliveries and processing and shelving delivery hold requests.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Applicants may apply for one or more shifts.
Working Conditions: Must be able to work in a busy, active environment without distraction.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand, sit, bend, and kneel for long periods of time with reasonable accommodation. Must be able to push a cart weighing up to 250 pounds.
Job Purpose: This adult volunteer position assists library staff with pulling requested material from shelves using a list, straightening of library shelves, and shelving of library materials.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, approximately 4-6 p.m. Applicants may apply for one or more shifts.
Job Purpose: This adult volunteer position assists library staff with unpacking of library materials deliveries and processing the delivery requests, helping to make requested material available to library customers quicker.
Deliveries Assistants are expected to:
Hours: Monday afternoons, 1-4 p.m.
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.
Requests Processing Assistants are expected to:
Hours: Hours will be based on position open but will typically be 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays.
For questions or more information about volunteering with the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, contact Melissa Baum, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Friends hold special sales throughout the year. Responsibilities may include helping customers, sorting and stacking books, and event set up and tear down.