The library welcomes volunteers for both ongoing and occasional projects. However, we cannot guarantee volunteer work is available at any given time. Preference will be given to Northborough residents and students who attend Algonquin Regional High School.

Please complete our volunteer application and bring it to the Library to get started.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you about current opportunities.  For more information, please refer to our Volunteer Policy or call us at 508-393-5025 ext. 5.
 
Ongoing need:
  • Shelving "elves” – people to be sure our books are in the correct Dewey Decimal or alphabetical order, and that the shelves are neat. Contact Deb Hersh (adult section), Katrina Ireland (children’s section), or Bonny Krantz (teen section). 
  • Toy cleaners in Children’s Room – Straighten play area, wash and sanitize children’s play things. Contact Katrina Ireland (Children's Librarian).
  • "Office Assistant" in Adult Services - A person to manage bulletin board, scan or print public forms and brochures as necessary, keep office supplies well-stocked, and make sure posters around library are updated. Needed one day a week. Contact Deborah Hersh (Head Reference Librarian).
  • Welcome Packet Stuffer - Put information in Welcome Packets for new library patrons to help them learn about our policies, programs, etc. Contact Spencer Stevens (Volunteer Coordinator).
  • Yard workers -- people to pick up trash all around the library and library lot.
 
Adult Summer Reading Opportunities
  • Missing Book “Treasure Hunter”: Help us search for our lost or misplaced items.
  • Shelf “Elf”: Help us keep our books, audiobooks, etc., in the correct Dewey Decimal or alphabetical order and ensure the shelves are neat.
  • DVD “Buff”: Help us keep our DVD collection in alphabetical order and add alphabetical stickers to make navigating our collection easier for all patrons and staff.
  • Magazine Deleter: Help us dispose of our old and outdated magazines.
  • Welcome Packet Stuffer: Put together Welcome packets for new library patrons so they can learn about our policies and programs.
  • “Strength Training” Shifter: Stoop, bend, and twist in air-conditioned comfort. Help us move our Fiction books to spread out the collection and provide more room for new books.
  • English Conversation Circles Volunteer: Volunteer with adults to help improve their conversational English. An ideal volunteer will assist program leaders in planning topics for conversation and/or handouts before meetings, and encouraging participation among attendees. You must be prepared to observe at least two meetings before committing to this opportunity.  Conversation Circles do not meet in August.
  • Special opportunity: Are you handy with a drill? Help us put up new sign holders and hang up some of our paintings/maps from the Local History Room.
Each time you volunteer, you will receive a Raffle Ticket. Only for patrons 18 and older. Download a Volunteer Application above or come pick one up from the Adults Services Reference Desk upstairs. Please contact adults@northboroughlibrary.org with questions.

Occasional projects:
  • (May - August) Help with the summer reading club registrations and check-ins. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room. Mandatory training sessions are typically held in June.
  • Book washers. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room.
  • Book sale helpers: set up, sales, replenishing stock, take down and clean up. Contact Friends of the Library.
  • Basket Raffle donors, ticket takers. This fundraiser usually takes place in the spring. Contact Friends of the Library or the Checkout Desk for assignment of volunteer time.
  • The Friends of the Library often have positions available, such as membership chairperson, recording secretary, book sale coordinator, and the like. Contact the President of the Friends.  
 
Make Your Own Opportunity:
  • Teach a class to adults: digital photography, cooking, using e-Bay. Talk about your travels.  Contact Chris Lindquist (clindquist@town.northborough.ma.us or call 508 393-5025 ext. 9 with your idea. 
  • Share your skill and time: refinish or upholster library furniture, weed and water the yard, make and distribute posters, write publicity releases.