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Volunteer Opportunities

There are a variety of ways volunteers contribute to the Library. Volunteers help with collections, mailings, special events, assist students with their homework, and provide instruction to new adult learners and those who have limited access to or experience with computer technology.

Applying for Volunteer Service

All persons interested in volunteering at the Hudson Public Library will need to complete a volunteer application. Volunteers under age eighteen must have the application signed by a parent or legal guardian. The minimum age requirement for a youth volunteer is 10.  Potential volunteers may be subject to a background check.  Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications and the needs of the library at any given time.  The Director, Assistant Director, or an appointed Volunteer Coordinator will make decisions concerning who will or will not be allowed to participate in the program.  If accepted, volunteers will meet with a library staff member about the opportunities currently available and volunteer orientation and training can begin.

Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded here.


Guidelines for Volunteers 

The Library Volunteer will:

  • Act in accordance with the Policy Handbook of the Hudson Public Library.
  • Be familiar with and agree to abide by the library’s Confidentiality of Library Records policy.
  • Participate in instruction and training.
  • Willingly work with the on-site, on-duty supervisor
  • Reflect positive customer service attitudes to all library patrons.
  • Record their time in the volunteer notebook.
  • Maintain a professional, friendly demeanor at all times

It is expected that each volunteer's dress and grooming will be appropriate for a casual business environment.

Library owned equipment and supplies are for library use only and may not be used for personal business.

Volunteers are asked to be alert at all times to safety hazards and to report unsafe acts or conditions to a library staff member. Volunteers should also notify their supervisors of any assignment which causes physical discomfort or which could lead to personal injury. All injuries, whether minor or serious, must be immediately reported to a library staff member or the Volunteer Coordinator.  In case of injury, volunteers will be covered by City of Hudson liability insurance.  Volunteers are not covered under any Workers Compensation plan.


The Library Director, Assistant Director, or an appointed Volunteer Coordinator will serve as an on-site supervisor.  This supervisor is responsible for day-to-day management and guidance of a volunteer’s work and will be available for consultation and assistance. Volunteers should feel free to ask any questions of this person or report any problems or concerns about their assignment.  The supervisor may meet with the volunteer regularly to review job performance. Evaluations may be formal or informal and may be written or verbal.

Volunteers who fail to meet the requirements of the job descriptions, violate library policies, or violate city, local, state or federal law while working at the library, are subject to dismissal.  In turn, a volunteer may end their service to the library at will by notifying a supervisor or Volunteer Coordinator.  

Volunteers are expected to perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities and to be loyal to the mission, values, goals and policies of the library. All volunteers should keep their supervisor informed of their projects and work status, and of their comings and goings in the library.  Volunteers should notify their supervisor or the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible if they know they will be late or absent.


Library staff members, the Volunteer Coordinator, the Hudson Public Library Board of Trustees, and the patrons of the Hudson Public Library will honor the donation of service by library volunteers with gratitude and thankfulness and will strive to make their time here meaningful and fulfilling.


Volunteer Positions at the Hudson Public Library        

  • Youth Programming Assistant:  Assist the Youth Librarian with organized activities for after-school and Summer Reading Program participants.
  • Book Sale Coordinator:  Sort donated materials and assist with the book sale.
  • Clerical Assistant:  Compile statistics and do data entry.
  • Collection Assistant:   Shelve books and other materials, straighten magazines and newspapers, process new library materials, repair materials and assist with inventory.
  • Customer Service:  Answer the telephone, assist at the circulation desk and answer basic reference questions.
  • Digital Communication Assistant:  Update library events on social media venues.
  • Display Designer:  Design and set up topical displays to promote the library collection.
  • Event Coordinator:  Help plan and assist with programs, receptions, and other special events.
  • Foundation On-line Book Sale Assistant:  List and sell books donated for the benefit of the foundation.
  • Graphic Design Assistant:  Design and distribute signage promoting library events and services.
  • Homework Club Coordinator:  Organize and facilitate homework assistance for after-school youth.
  • Inter-library Loan Assistant:  Process incoming and outgoing library materials.
  • Job Center Coach:  Assist patrons with writing résumés and navigating job search websites.
  • Light Housekeeping Assistant:  Dust shelves, clean computer monitors and keyboards, tidy up. 
  • Literacy Coach:  Tutor youth and adults in reading and writing or be a “Reading Buddy.”
  • Local History Collection Assistant:  Organize, document, and file local history artifacts.
  • Outreach Assistant:  Deliver books to home-bound patrons unable to come to the library.
  • Plant Care “Green Thumb” Assistant:  Water, prune, and re-plant library plants as needed.
  • Science Club Leader:  Organize and facilitate a Science Club for elementary aged youth.
  • Technology Coach:  Provide basic one-on-one technical support for computer users or facilitate independent learning through library resources.
  • Treat Facilitator:  Every child’s favorite!  Provide snacks for after-school events.



This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.