The Merrimack Public Library values the time and commitment of citizens who volunteer. Volunteers help, under the direction of the staff, to provide support in implementing the mission of the Library. Some examples of how Volunteers assist the Library include sorting book sale donations and helping run a Friends of the Library Book Sale, assisting with off-site fundraising events like our Turkey Shoot Night of Raffles, marching with the Library in the July 4th Parade, delivering Library materials for our Home Delivery outreach, providing refreshments for events, cleaning books, and dusting shelves.
To comply with the New Hampshire Department of Labor laws, the Library uses volunteers to supplement and compliment, but not to replace, the efforts of paid Library staff. Volunteers will not be utilized to displace any paid employees from their positions. Volunteers will not be placed in positions that could jeopardize the Library's ability to operate if a volunteer failed to report to work. Please read the complete Library Volunteer Policy and the Best Practices for New Hampshire Libraries - Volunteers document for more information.
Prospective volunteers should fill out a Volunteer Application form and submit this to Library Director Yvette Couser. Youth volunteers (14-18 years of age) will also be required to also supply a Youth Employment Certificate and photocopy of proof of age (birth certificate or driver license) to prove the volunteer is fourteen years or older. Visit the NH Department of Labor website for current information on Youth Volunteers. Before beginning volunteering assignments the volunteer must agree to a background check, to be paid for by the volunteer.
It is mutually understood that volunteer services will be donated. Volunteers will not be entitled to, nor expect, any present or future salary, wages, or other benefits for their voluntary services.