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Be A Volunteer At The State Library!
Volunteer Program Mission
Citizens who volunteer are valuable assets to the Oregon State Library. The Library Board of Trustees and the State Librarian promote and encourage the involvement of volunteers to assist staff in the achievement of the mission and the goals of the State Library.

Who Can Volunteer?

If you want to share your skills or learn new ones, work on an issue that is important to you, or contribute to your fellow citizens of Oregon you may volunteer.

Church, community, service, support, and youth groups can work together to assist on current programs or special projects when the work is available.

The State Library is an active supporter of School to Work, career related learning. Students are welcome to explore through mentorships, site visits, informational interviews, job shadows, structured work experience, and internships.

Opportunities Available
Be a Book Inspector…just 1.5 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday or Friday afternoons. The Talking Book and Braille Library provides audio books to Oregonians who are blind or print disabled.
Our book inspectors perform an important step to get audio books ready for circulation. Daily, we inspect about 1,400 digital books, check them back into the library and prepare them to go out again. We need volunteers who like detailed work and enjoy a fast paced work environment.
We urgently need more volunteers! Requests are high for audio books and our available volunteers and staff need help to meet the demand.
There are 3 shifts to fill... Monday, Tuesday or Friday at 1:30-3:00. If you are interested to learn more, contact Erich Peppler at 503-378-4498 or erich.peppler@state.or.us. Come join our team...that all may read!

For information about other volunteer opportunities, contact Shawn Range, email: shawn.range@state.or.us, phone: 503-378-3870

How To Become A Volunteer

Application Process:
Obtain the application documentation by downloading the forms listed below or by contacting the Business Manager, Shawn Range, email: shawn.range@state.or.us, or phone: 503-378-3870.

Forms:    Volunteer Service App.docx




Answerland Volunteers use these forms:

A-Volunteer Service App.docx


Send signed documentation to:     Shawn Range, Business Manager
                                                  Oregon State Library
                                                  250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

                                                  email: shawn.range@state.or.us 

Call Shawn Range at 503-378-3870 to set up an appointment for an interview.

Next Steps

An appointment will be arranged for you to meet with the Business Manager, along with a tour of the work area. The interview assures a successful match for both you and the agency.

Your skills, interests, and goals will be matched with a task placement.

This includes review of the state and agency policies and guidelines, agency and program missions, and volunteer program policy.

Training will be provided for all volunteer tasks .

Read State Library Policies and Guidelines


Internship Program
The Internship Program is designed to give students real work experience performing a project or task that the State Library identifies as necessary to achieve the mission and goals of the agency. Students who are enrolled in Library school or a relevant college program are encouraged to inquire about our program by contacting the Business Manager, Shawn Range, email: shawn.range@state.or.us, phone: 503-378-3870.