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Teen Volunteer Guidelines

What to Expect

A volunteer may be assigned a variety of tasks, given detailed instructions to be performed under direct supervision until the training period is over. The volunteer is expected to be able to work independently.

Examples of Work

Provides assistance with library programs as needed (ex. Summer Reading Program).

Performs other functions as required.

Volunteers do not assist the public, but perform important behind-the-scenes tasks.

Participation Guidelines

Junior high students in grade 8 and high school students who live in the city limits of Hoover or have a parent/guardian who works for the City of Hoover may participate. The library will not accept volunteers who are required to do court-ordered community service.


Volunteers may be scheduled for two (2) hours per work session, and no more than eight (8) hours per week. It may not be possible to fulfill all community service hours at the library.

Necessary Skills

  • Maturity and positive attitude
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to learn routine library tasks and work independently after training
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with library employees
  • Ability to adhere to a specific schedule and to arrive promptly at the time scheduled
  • Ability to talk and communicate with the public

How to Join

Fill out the application and return to the Teen Desk.
Applications are accepted year round.
Simply filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance to volunteer.  Applications will be kept on file for one year.


If interested in applying for a volunteer position, fill out the application and return to the teens department. Volunteers will be contacted for an interview when a position becomes available.