The Fall 2023 round of volunteers intake is now CLOSED. We would like to thank all those who applied. Due to the high number of applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.
The Pickering Public Library offers volunteer opportunities in 3 categories. These are:
Children's Program Helper (CPH)
A Children's Program Helper assists with the preparation, setup, and often delivery of youth events. These tasks range anywhere from cutting crafts, registration, and one-on-one support. A CPH position is a great way for students to obtain their high-school volunteer hours. This position requires a valid Criminal Records Check (CRC) for volunteers under the age of 18, and a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) for volunteers over the age of 18. Volunteer intake windows are open twice a year (Fall and Spring).
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
The Teen Advisory Group is a collective of teen volunteers between the ages of 13-19 years old. TAG members meet regularly to advise on Teen's collections decisions at the library, as well as the planning and delivery of Teen events. Regular attendance at TAG meetings is mandatory for all TAG volunteers. This position requires a valid Criminal Records Check (CRC) for volunteers under the age of 18, and a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) for volunteers over the age of 18. Volunteer intake windows are open twice a year (Fall and Spring).
Books+ Express (B+X)
The Books+ Express program offers the collection and delivery of library materials to home-bound clients via volunteers. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and to those that are unable to physically attend the library. A valid a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) is required for this position.
Answers to questions commonly asked about our volunteer opportunities.
*All volunteer hours can be credited to high school community service hours.
1. Where do I send my application?
Please read above instructions for where to send applications based on the position.
2. How long after I submit my application until I hear from someone?
Someone will get in touch with you if we are moving forward with your application.
3. How long does it take to get a police check?
Approximately two weeks. Police Checks can now be requested online. Please visit the following website: https://members.drps.ca/PRCOnline/equifax_verification.aspx
4. Do I need to get a police check before sending my application?
No, fill out the application first. You will then be sent a letter for a discounted police check. – You will be interviewed, then if you are accepted will need to get the police check.
5. How much does it cost to get a police check?
$20 with the letter for a discount.
6. Can I apply to more than one position?
Yes! Please apply to as many as you want. Applicants will only be accepted in one position because we have so many volunteers already.
7. Is there an age restriction for volunteering?
All volunteers must be at least 13 years old. For the Teen Advisory Group, volunteers must be between grades 8-12.
8. I don’t live in Pickering, am I still eligible to apply to volunteer at the library?
Due to the popularity of the program and the volume of applications we receive, as of January 2017 our volunteer program only supports applications from residents of Durham Region. Applications from individuals outside of Durham will not be reviewed or considered.