Volunteering

Adult Volunteers

Until further notice, library volunteering opportunities for adults are not available.

Adult volunteers (minimum age of 18) must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing.  

Qualifying adults may inquire any time about volunteering to adopt-a-shelf, coming in once a month to straighten and put in order a section of the Adult Room collection. Volunteers choose a favorite area of  interest and devote an hour or two once a month to its upkeep.  

We also welcome adult volunteers on an “as-needed” basis for work such as shelving library materials and helping set up for occasional  library events.   

Inquire in the Adult Room.

Teen Volunteers (Grades 6-12)

The library offers year-round volunteering opportunities for Scotch Plains/Fanwood students in grades 6-12. All teen volunteers must fill out and submit this application before beginning any of the tasks described below. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

1. Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is run by teens. It’s a great way to build leadership and teamwork skills, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you if you would like to be involved in the creation, planning, and running of the library programs or services that you want to see offered to the community.

TAB meets once a month. Click here to learn more about the board, what’s been discussed at past meetings, and when the next meeting will be.

2. Shelf-reading

Shelf-reading is the process of checking library shelves to make sure each book is exactly where it’s supposed to be. It’s repetitive work but it’s essential, because without it we would be unable to find the books our patrons need! Shelf-reading volunteers must successfully pass a one-hour training session before being assigned their weekly shifts.

Click here for more information about shelf-reading and a list of upcoming training sessions.

3. Assorted events and projects 

Volunteers may sign up for specific tasks such as preparing craft supplies or helping at kids’ programs. Click here for a list of volunteering opportunities available this summer. If you would like to volunteer for craft prep or children’s events before the summer, please email the teen librarian for a list of current options.

Click here to download a copy of the Teen Volunteer Application.

Click here to view the Teen Volunteer Rules and Procedures.

Volunteers Working with Job Coaches


The library will consider accepting, on a case-by-case basis, volunteers who will report to work with a job coach or certified employment specialist from an accredited educational institution or agency. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. They must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing, or members of Scotch Plains Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Clubs.