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Get Connected! Volunteers assist, enhance, and support the work of the Rochester Public Library. Listed below are library volunteer opportunities which are ideal for anyone interested in people, books, libraries, and the community. Qualification requirements range from high school students with little job experience to people with professional degrees and many years of experience. All positions require individuals with good organizational and communication skills. For information call Marilyn Campbell, 507.328.2341.

 Volunteer application:  fill it out online

The library has opportunities where you can:

Work with People

  • Homework Assistance Tutor
    Provide individual assistance to students with specific questions about their homework assignments. Click here for a complete job description.

  • Clerk: Friends of the Library Bookstore 
    Assist customers of the Friends of the Library Bookstore by helping them find materials they wish to purchase, operate a cash register, arrange sales materials and maintain an inviting and pleasing store environment. 

Work with People and Computers

Work with People and Books

  • Homebound Selectors 
    Promote the use of library materials to patrons confined to their home due to illness, disability, weather conditions, or lack of transportation. Discuss reading interests to assigned at-home patron and select materials to be delivered on a monthly schedule. 

  • Outreach Selectors 
    Facilitate the use of library materials for residents of long-term care facilities, senior apartments and residences for younger adults with disabilities. Select materials for your assigned facility and prepare them for a monthly delivery schedule.

  • Adopt-a-shelf (shelf reading) 
    Adopt a selected or assigned section of shelving and keep collection items clean and in correct order.


Book Sorter

Bookstore Staff

Book sale volunteer

Sorting Bookstore counter Sorting Books for book sale
 Sort donations for the library, the bookstore and booksales  Staff the bookstore--assist customers with finding and purchasing items  Set up, organize and assist at various book sales throughout the year