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Volunteer Policy

(Adopted by the Library Board on December 18, 2006, revised October 12, 2009 and May 21, 2012)

St. Louis County Library welcomes volunteers from the community in order to:

  1. Implement programs and services that further its goals and objectives.
  2. Establish a pool of volunteers to assist with large projects, to be on-call for volunteer tasks occurring on an intermittent basis, or to provide regular on-going assistance.
  3. Create a strong link with the community by developing a group of citizens who, through their volunteer work, become knowledgeable about the Library's services and needs.
  4. Support fundraising activities sponsored by the Library Foundation.
  5. Provide an opportunity for individuals to meet a community service work requirement set by an outside agency.  All requests to perform community service will be considered on a case by case basis, subject to this policy.  

A "volunteer" is anyone who chooses to perform services for the Library without compensation or expectation of compensation and who performs volunteer services at the direction of the Library staff.  A volunteer is not an employee of the Library.

Recruitment for volunteer positions, volunteer screening and placement is the responsibility of the Volunteer Coordinator and other supervisory staff.  The Library cannot guarantee the placement of any person seeking to volunteer with the Library.  Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the Library.  Volunteers are subject to the same rules of conduct and ethics as Library staff, including but not limited to its policies forbidding harassment, discrimination or workplace violence or threats of violence.  Volunteers will be required to perform at least 10 hours of service.  A volunteer must be at least 12 years of age or in the 6th grade to donate service to the Library.  Those under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to perform volunteer services, and such volunteer services shall comply with applicable law.

Volunteers 18 and older must agree to submit to a criminal history check prior to beginning service.  A criminal background investigation shall be completed on all volunteers, and updated at reasonable intervals in the sole discretion of the Library.  Having a criminal history or criminal conviction will not automatically preclude placement.  The nature of the offense and its relevance to the particular volunteer assignment will be considered on a case-by-case basis in determining whether to allow the person to become a volunteer.  Background investigations shall not be conducted for the sole purpose of excluding persons with a criminal history or criminal record from Library volunteer work.  Criminal background information will be maintained on volunteers in accordance with applicable law.

Volunteers will not receive training in the Library's circulation system nor will they be allowed access to the patron database.  Volunteers will not be allowed access to non-public areas when not volunteering.  Individuals volunteering for the Library under the auspices of any other unit (e.g. scouts, churches, community organizations, etc.) may identify themselves with the unit, but may not promote it (other than wearing the uniform of the unit as applicable) while performing volunteer services in the Library.

Nothing in this policy or in the volunteer's service to the Library shall create a contract or employment relationship between the volunteer and the Library.  Both the volunteer and the Library have the right to end the volunteer's association with the Library at any time.  St. Louis County Library does not provide any medical, health, or worker's compensation benefits for any volunteer, and volunteers do not accrue, earn or become entitled by reason of performing volunteer service for the Library to any benefits afforded by the Library to its staff.