Volunteering is vital to the health of your library and your community. Your support enhances the library’s ability to serve the community.

Gain skills and knowledge that will help in your professional career and your personal life. Students can gain school service credit and valuable job experience.

Please note: Teen volunteer opportunities are not available at this time but will resume this fall. Thank you for your interest and for your patience while we get settled into our newly renovated space.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who is 14 years old and older is welcome to volunteer. Interest in libraries and books, a concern for their community, or a passion for helping others will assist in accomplishing the assigned activities. We welcome volunteers with a variety of different skills, interests, and abilities.

What Can A Volunteer Do?

Since our volunteers come from different backgrounds and have different skills and experiences, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities. Teens can assist youth librarians by cleaning toys or prepping materials for display. Adult volunteers may help clean shelves and shelve library materials or help raise money for and awareness of library services as a member of a Friends Group. Volunteer tasks may vary throughout the year.

How Do I Get Involved?

Adults can call (269) 585-8719 or email rcowles@portagelibrary.info
Teens can call (269) 585-8726 or email opennebaker@portagelibrary.info
If you are 18 years old or older, you can fill out a volunteer application by following this link: volunteer application.

Please note: All adult volunteers over 18 will complete a background check, including ICHAT. All teen volunteers still in school will be required to have a work permit issued by their school.

Need Hours for Court-Ordered Community Service?

PDL offers the opportunity to serve your court-ordered community service. Please contact the following:

18 years old out of high school and older: Ruth Cowles, Volunteer Coordinator, rcowles@portagelibrary.info or (269) 585-8719

18 year old in high school and younger: Abby Pylar, apylar@portagelibrary.info or (269) 585-8731

Please tell the coordinator the number of community service hours needed, the deadline for their completion, and the offense committed.