a. Role of Volunteers

The Board values the contributions that volunteers make to the library. Volunteers can enhance the provision of special programs at its branches, assisting staff in the preparation and delivery of these programs.

Branch managers will identify positions available for volunteers.

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application Form and must agree to follow all Western Counties Regional Library policies while volunteering for the library. A satisfactory criminal records and child abuse registry check is also required for any volunteers who will interact with the public. Once a volunteer’s application is approved, the library will provide appropriate training, adequate supervision and regular assessments. The goal is to ensure that the volunteer gains valuable experience in a pleasant work environment, while providing the library with valuable assistance.

Western Counties Regional Library reserves the right to decline any volunteer application.

b. Friends of the Library Groups

The Board encourages the establishment of a Friends of the Library (FOL) group for every branch. FOL groups can be powerful advocates for their libraries. They raise funds for local projects and can support regional fundraising initiatives. The library will support the establishment of FOL groups. Branch staff should maintain ongoing contact as appropriate.