Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Adopted: February 20, 2007
Reviewed/Revised: September 18, 2012; September 21, 2015; December 19, 2017; September 15, 2020
ARTICLE 1. INTRODUCTION
The Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) Volunteer Program supports Library staff
and enhances Library services. Through the commitment of time and the contribution of talent,
volunteers help the Warren-Newport Public Library (WNPL) provide quality service while
responding to the needs of our community. Their assistance at Library events and behind the
scenes helps WNPL to run efficiently and to achieve its goals. Volunteers have the satisfaction
of knowing they are helping their community while they stay active, meet new people, gain or
retain skills, and learn about WNPL. We value and appreciate our wonderful volunteers.
ARTICLE 2. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities include performing clerical work, making phone calls, shelving or
processing library materials, assisting in a computer class, dusting, and maintaining the picture
book room, to name a few. While WNPL appreciates every person who wishes to volunteer at
WNPL, opportunities are limited. If a position matching WNPL needs with volunteer abilities and
interests becomes available, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact that individual to schedule
an interview. With advance notice, the Volunteer Coordinator will strive to assist students in the
completion of school-required service hours.
WNPL cannot provide volunteer opportunities on a �drop-in� basis or accept volunteer
applications from those who are required to complete court-ordered community service.
ARTICLE 3. APPLICATIONS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS
Volunteer applicants must be high school students or adults. Adult applicants are required to
complete an Adult Volunteer Application and must agree to a criminal background check. High
school students are required to complete a Student Volunteer Application. Students under
eighteen (18) need parental permission to participate in the Volunteer Program. Application
forms are available at the WNPL checkout desk and via the WNPL website. Completed
applications will be held for six (6) months.
ARTICLE 4. SCHEDULES AND CONDUCT
All volunteers must commit to an assignment, arrive when scheduled, dress appropriately, wear
an ID badge while on duty, maintain strict confidentiality, and follow all WNPLD policies and
ARTICLE 5. INSURANCE COVERAGE
WNPLD recognizes the risk of injury which is a part of every activity. For that reason, WNPLD
carries insurance to provide coverage to volunteers who are injured while performing a task
assigned by the Executive Director, their designee, or the Board of Trustees as part of the
Volunteer Program. This coverage is provided at the same level as the accidental injury
coverage provided to employees of WNPLD.