Howard County Library System
Adopt a Shelf Volunteer

female volunteer
Position Title: Adopt a Shelf

Branch: Central, Miller, and Elkridge

Department: Customer Service/Information

Major Responsibilities:
  • Meet with Library staff to learn about your chosen area.
  • Put materials in alpha/Dewey Decimal order.
  • Pull materials to the front edge of the shelf.
  • Shift materials if necessary (only within the bay).
  • Dust or clean shelves, collect litter and bookmarks for disposal.
  • Check materials to make sure they belong to the branch and Howard County Library.
  • Report to the staff member in charge when you arrive and when you leave.
  • Record your volunteer hours.

Training: Attend a one hour training/information meeting

  • Must be able to alphabetize, and learn how to organize numerically.
  • Must be detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Meet time commitment.
  • Ability to reach top and bottom shelves, bend, and stretch.

Length of commitment
: Minimum of six months

Time Involvement: Flexible. Volunteers should come once every two weeks (more is encouraged) to work in their chosen area (1-2 hrs per visit). Once trained, volunteer can come anytime the branch is open.
Current Volunteer Assignments