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Visiting Library Service Volunteer

Visiting Library Service Volunteer

(Must be at least 19 years of age; Police Record Check required; driver's licence and use of a car with valid insurance is required).

Visiting Library Service Volunteers make it possible for Barrie Public Library (BPL) to extend its services to library patrons who are confined at home and unable to visit the library in person. They also deliver materials to participating health care institutions. Each volunteer is assigned one or more library patrons and serves as a link between each patron and BPL. Volunteers are provided with an opportunity to serve their community and help to fulfill the mission statement of the library.


  1. Pick up library materials at the library and deliver to library members and institutions as directed by library staff.

  2. Return library materials that the library member or institution has finished with to the library.

  3. Library staff arranges pickup and delivery with users of the Visiting Library Service. Volunteers do not contact library members directly to make these arrangements.

  4. Work with library staff and other volunteers as a team in meeting the needs of VLS customers and representing the Library Board.

  5. Report concerns, needs or incidents to the Material Handling Lead or other appropriate library staff.

  • TIME REQUIRED: Flexible, approximately 2 hours every 3 weeks as arranged and advised by the Senior Circulation Clerk.
  • SUPERVISOR: Coordinator, Volunteer Resources
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Must be 19 years of age or over. A driver’s licence and use of a car with valid insurance is needed. Expenses are not reimbursed. Must be reliable and responsible. Must communicate well with people, especially older adults.
  • SCREENING MEASURES: An application form must be completed, including the names of two references. References will be checked. Police Records Check required. An interview will be conducted. 
  • ORIENTATION: An orientation session and package of information are provided.