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Volunteer Opportunities

people of various ages holding a volunteer sign

If you are interested in volunteering at the Gail Borden Public Library, please use the online form or contact the Volunteer Coordinators, Nancy Haggard & Danielle Henson, at 847-429-6792 or by e-mail at

What Do Library Volunteers Do?

  • Return materials to shelves. 
  • Welcome and direct visitors at the Greeter Desk.
  • Pull books requested by patrons.
  • Clean books, videos, and art prints and dust shelves.
  • Read shelves to maintain order.
  • Assist at special events.
  • Deliver materials to homebound patrons.
  • Assist with office tasks.

Why Volunteer?

  • Gain satisfaction from giving service to a vital community organization.
  • Become more familiar with the library's resources and services.
  • Earn vouchers to purchase books.
  • Develop new skills.
  • Meet new people.

How Do I Become A Volunteer?

  • Pick up a volunteer application from the 2nd Floor Information Desk, or complete an application online. After completing the application return it to the Information Desk.
  • A Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview to discuss your interests, schedules, and skills.

Are you a teen entering grades 7-8?

Become a Volunteen! Teens in grades 7-8 are invited to perform a variety of behind-the-scenes volunteer tasks. Weekly one-hour after school or evening time slots are available. Applications are available in the Youth Center and must be completed in advance of volunteering. For more information, please email Judy Hayner at

Are you a teen entering grades 9-12?

Teens entering grades 9-12 are invited to volunteer at the library in the Studio Volunteer Corps. We provide a variety of services for the library including pulling carts of books, making buttons for library events, preparing crafts for the Youth Department, and making the library a great place to be.

More information can be found on the Studio Volunteer Corps webpage.