About Your Library
Your library exists to promote the communication
of ideas, develop informed citizens and enrich the
cultural and intellectual lives of the people of
Russell Township.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are available and eager to commit a few volunteer hours to the Library, find out below how you can contribute to the development of library services and help make a difference in your community For more information on volunteering, contact the Head of the Russell Branch Library (613.445.5331) or the Head of the Embrun Branch Library (613.443.3636) or e-mail us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com »

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit voluntary organization dedicated to the enhancement of library services for the residents of our municipality. The Friends welcome new members and volunteers on an ongoing basis.

Used Book Sales

Every year, many volunteers participate in the organization of our annual MEGA used-book sale helping us sort donated items, transporting boxes, setting up display tables and serving eager shoppers Find out how you can be a part of that team!

Outreach Services

Our home delivery services depend on a regular group of volunteers who help us to reach out to residents who are unable to visit the library due to advanced age, disability, illness, or caregiver responsibilities. Homebound services volunteering usually requires a valid drivers license and access to a vehicle volunteers must also successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.

Public Library Board

After each municipal election, the Township advertises in local newspapers to recruit five volunteers to sit on the Public Library Board, the governing body of the Library. Board directors play an important role in the development of library services in the community. If you are interested by this volunteer opportunity, find out more by contacting the Board Secretary by phone (613.443.3636) or by e-mail claire.dionne@russellbiblio.com.

High School Community Involvement

Volunteering at the Library can count as the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement of community involvement for high school students. Our student volunteers help with filing, shelf-reading, crafts and special projects. As student volunteering opportunities are limited, placement is not guaranteed and will depend on the Librarys needs.

Other Library Volunteer Opportunities

Some of our volunteers also help us with shelf maintenance, material sorting, indoor plants maintenance, filing, minor repairs, special events and library programs such as book clubs and storytime.

How can I qualify?

Volunteering requires enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to help others. To volunteer at the Library:
  • you must be at least 14 years old;
  • you must contact the Branch Head to arrange for a short interview you might be asked to provide references;
  • you should be available for a training session, if necessary;
  • in some cases, you might need to successfully pass a Police Criminal Record Check;
  • in some cases, you might need a valid drivers license and access to a car.

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