Volunteers are a valuable asset for any library. In Lancaster, volunteers have been actively serving the Lancaster Town Library since 1862. Volunteers do not replace regular library staff; their efforts support the Library staff. Volunteers contribute important services, at no cost to the Library, through a variety of activities and efforts. The collaboration of volunteers with Library staff creates a community partnership which enables the Library to deliver enhanced services to Library patrons and the Lancaster community.
There are a number of routine and creative tasks available for volunteers. Some will require weekly commitment of two or more hours over many months, other tasks are performed monthly, and still others are special projects of both short and long duration. Not all tasks will be available at all times. Availability depends on the number of volunteers currently working at the Library, the amount of staff time available for training, and the changing needs of the Library.