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Volunteers are an essential part of many successful library programs. Quality volunteers can make a world of difference in your project, not only increasing your capacity but also creating an invaluable connection between your library and the community.

How can I successfully engage volunteers for my project?

As you get started, check out Get Involved: Powered By Your Library, a clearinghouse with a wide variety of resources and tools for libraries seeking to work with volunteers. For example, at the site you will find useful tips from Engaged Volunteer: 12 Tips for Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers.

Clear communication regarding roles and expectations can help make the volunteer and library relationship successful. A Volunteer Service Agreement, like this one from Oceanside Public Library, is a great idea.

Other library staff can sometimes have concerns regarding involving volunteers in projects. Here are some tips shared by Carla Lehn in her book Volunteer Involvement in California Libraries: Best Practices: Addressing Common Staff Concerns About Volunteers.

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