It is the policy of Cornwall Public Library to encourage community-minded people to serve as volunteers. Volunteers' energy and talents help the Library meet its commitment to providing quality service to the public. Volunteers enhance, rather than replace, adequate staffing. Volunteer services aid the Library in making the best use of its fiscal resources and help connect the Library to other community groups and organizations.
Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the Library and shall be guided by the same work and behavior codes as employees. Volunteers are also bound by all of the rules contained in all Library policies and guidelines, especially those that relate to patron privacy and confidentiality. Volunteers are considered "at will" volunteer employees of Cornwall Public Library and the Library reserves the right to terminate a volunteer's working association with the Library at any time, for any reason.
Volunteers who apply to work in the library are required to fill out a Volunteer Interest Form. (You can print one out by clicking on the link below.) Volunteers must also have a Library card and be in good standing with the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS). Before commencing work at the Library, all volunteers are also required to fill out a Volunteer Information Sheet that will be kept on file. Parents/guardians of volunteers under the age of 18 must sign a consent form for their children to perform volunteer service hours at the Library.
Volunteer applicants may be interviewed to determine their interests and levels of experience. Volunteer talents, experience, availability, and interests will be considered in job assignments. Volunteers are coordinated by the Library Director or her designee. The Library Director is authorized to create and amend procedures to support this policy.
Volunteers are asked to record their hours of service in the "Volunteer Log Book" located at the circulation desk.
The Library accepts volunteers requiring court-ordered community service at the discretion of the Library Director. The Library will only allow non-violent offenders to do court-ordered volunteer work in the Library.
The Library staff and its volunteers work together for mutual satisfaction and for the benefit of the Library and the community.
SUMMER TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM POLICY
Teens interested in working at Cornwall Public Library during school vacations are required to complete a Summer Teen Volunteer application. Applications for the Summer Teen Volunteer program are only available in the spring and often have a deadline for submission. Please check with the Children's Department for more information about the Summer Teen Volunteer program. The same requirements and expectations for adult volunteers (as described in the Volunteer Policy) also apply to Teen Volunteers.
Approved by the Board of Trustees 9/9/2009