The Marine Community Library depends on volunteers to make programs and services available. Currently over 60 volunteers are doing their part to keep the library doors open and the library staffed. The Marine Library Association organizes all volunteer efforts.

Staffing Volunteers

The library is open 21 hours throughout the week, and to support those hours there are 7 volunteer shifts of 3 hours each. Our goal is to have two volunteers staff each 3-hour shift. A lead volunteer is responsible for opening and closing and to serve as a liaison when technical problems arise. Other tasks are shared between the two volunteers.

Volunteer responsibilities include: shelving returned items, checking out permanent collection materials, light cleaning of the library at the end of the shift, answering questions, and providing help with software and the catalog.

A more detailed explanation of roles and responsibilities is explained in the volunteer handbook.

Download the volunteer handbook (PDF).

Initial training of all volunteers will take place in four sessions starting in early January of 2012. Each volunteer needs to select and attend one training session. Volunteers starting later will receive one-on-one training.

Volunteer shifts are coordinated through a website: signupgenius.com. (A link to the website can be found on every page of this website in the lower left hand corner.) Volunteers who have access to a computer are expected to select their shifts via that website monthly.

On the first of each month, volunteers will receive an email reminding them to schedule their shift for the following month. Volunteers are expected to sign up for their desired shifts by the 15th of the preceding month. Volunteers are responsible for covering their shifts if they are unable to fulfill their commitment. There is a list of back-up volunteers on signupgenius.com.

On signupgenius.com volunteers can also indicate their skills. Volunteers of all skill sets are welcome.

Volunteers who do not have computers should call the on-duty volunteer coordinator to select their shifts.


Volunteer coordinators

Sue Logan  Lead Coordinator  651 433-0007
Loralee DiLorenzo  651 433-8500
Mary Burke 

Volunteer opportunities

Below is the list of current staffing opportunities. If you’re interested in working at the library during open hours, check out the list and contact a volunteer coordinator for more information or to arrange for training.

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Grant Writer
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E-book Educator