Volunteers are important to the success of the Merrimack Public Library and to the delivery of its services to the citizens of Merrimack. 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 and programs of the Library.
To comply with New Hampshire Department of Labor laws, the Merrimack Public Library uses volunteers to supplement and compliment, but not to replace, the efforts of paid library staff. Library volunteers may help extend and enhance the work of paid staff but 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. Read the complete Library Volunteer Policy.
Prospective volunteers will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Agreement form. 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.
If the volunteer's qualifications, interests, and schedule match an available volunteer position at the library, he/she will be notified of the opportunity. Placement of an applicant may not always be possible. Applications not matching any current openings will be kept in a resource file. Before beginning ongoing volunteering assignments the volunteer must agree to a background check, to be paid for by the volunteer. The number of ongoing opportunities is limited.
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.