Volunteers are vital members of the community both inside and out of Wood Library – we thank you for your interest in joining us! Individuals choosing to volunteer are much more than a library resource. Volunteerism is a community resource by way of the diversity in skill, energy, talent, and ideas that each person brings with them!

Wood Library’s Volunteer Program provides space for each person’s unique life experiences, believing such contributions can only make our organization richer for all. Wood Library invites volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels to join our team.


Stephanie Toomey
Volunteer Coordinator, Outreach Services
stoomey@owwl.org | (585) 394-1381 x 308


  • Read our Volunteer Policy here.
  • For group volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly.
  • Student application deadlines:
    • February 15 for spring semester
    • October 15 for fall semester

Preliminary requirements for all volunteers:

  • Wood Library requires a volunteer commitment of at least three months.
  • Volunteering at Wood Library is typically limited to 1-3 hours per week.
  • Wood Library expects volunteers to reliably fulfill their weekly commitment.

Learn about our volunteer opportunities using the tabs below:

“Shelving” is correctly returning items to their place within the library’s many collections.

Wood Library circulates hundreds of thousands of items each year – that’s a few hundred per day! As a result, volunteering as a “Shelver” helps the library function on a fundamental, day-to-day level.

Library shelving is a complex system designed to help patrons, staff, and volunteers easily find materials. Through various forms of labeling, Wood Library’s loanable materials have a number of markers to indicate their proper shelving location. Shelving requires acute attention to detail and a willingness to ask questions. In time, shelvers develop a comprehensive understanding of the layout of Wood Library.

Skill requirements:
• Must be able to comfortably bend, reach, and stand.
• Must be able to safely and comfortably push and maneuver large and heavy carts of books.
• Children’s materials are particularly narrow and feature fine print along the spines so eyesight and dexterity are critical to working within that collection.
• Guessing or estimating where an item belongs on a shelf is not acceptable.

Time commitment:
• Typically ONE designated day each week
• Limit of TWO hours per visit

The “pull list” is the task of retrieving requested items from various collections throughout our building.

Wood Library’s designated service population is nearly 27,000 people but we also loan materials to patrons throughout the OWWL Library System (serving over 305,000 patrons in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston counties).

Patrons throughout our library system may request items from any of our 42 member libraries. Volunteers that pull materials to fulfill these requests are essential in keeping Wood Library an active participant in our library system.

Skill requirements:
• Standing and walking throughout library
• Bending and reaching to access all shelf levels
• Ability to push and maneuver a small book cart
• Patience, attention to detail, problem solving skills, and a willingness to seek assistance from staff

Time commitment:
• Typically ONE designated day each week
• Completing the pull list takes ~45-60 minutes.

Our Adopt-a-Shelf program keeps our library neat and orderly with the help of volunteers.

Items that aren’t shelved correctly are lost items. Shelves that have been adopted are routinely straightened, free of any hidden or fallen books, and any items that were improperly placed there have been removed. To adopt a shelf is to maintain the accessibility, usability, and appearance of Wood Library.

A library shelf should have all items cleanly aligned, enough wiggle room to remove or replace an item, and no wayward items floating around behind the displayed items. Volunteers interested in adopting a shelf are not limited to a single shelf, but are encouraged to explore different areas of the library for each visit.

Skill requirements:
• Standing, bending, and/or sitting to “read” the shelves
• Some reaching to remove misplaced materials and/or shift overcrowded items
• Exceptional attention to detail is critical!

Time commitment:
• This need may generally be fulfilled at the volunteer’s leisure with at least one visit per week

Some patrons prefer to receive a phone call when an item they’ve requested is available for pickup.

When patrons request items, those items may or may not be available at Wood Library. If Wood Library doesn’t have an item available, one of the other 41 member libraries will send the requested item to Wood Library. Volunteers then call the patron to notify them that the items is ready. Our phone system is very simple to use and a script is provided for volunteers.

Skill requirements:
• Volunteers are seated for the duration of this task
• A clear and friendly voice for speaking on the phone and leaving messages
• Tidy, legible handwriting

Time commitment:
• Typically ONE designated day each week
• Calls are usually completed within 10-35 minutes

The Wood Library property currently holds four gardens with our Reading Garden scheduled to open to the public in 2024!

Weeding, pruning, and keeping the gardens free of debris is a lovely way to spend some time outdoors!

Time commitment:
• This need may generally be fulfilled at the volunteer’s leisure with at least one visit per week

Our Fall Book Sale will be Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Sunday, October 8, 2023.

  • Friends’ Early Access will be the morning of Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • The book sale will be open to the public during normal library hours of operation, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.

Wood Library is not accepting donations until September 28, 2023.

    • Donation Drop Off Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 from 9-6.
  • If you’d like to volunteer during our Drop Off Day and setup, please contact Friends of Wood Library.
  • If you’ve never volunteered during the book sale, please click here to submit your contact information.
    • A SignUpGenius will be open to the public at the end of August 2023.

Wood Library presents two major fundraising events each year.

Spring: Wood Library Mini Golf
• Stay tuned for opportunities with our third annual Mini Golf Fundraiser in 2024!

Fall: Pursapalooza – Returns November 18, 2023!
• If you’d like to get involved with the planning committee, please contact:

Maria Bucci, Director of Development
mbucci@pls-net.org or 394-1381 x328

Click here to help us prepare for the event during the week of November 13 – 17!

We are currently unable to accept new volunteers.
Questions, ideas, and concerns may be directed to
Wood Library’s Volunteer Coordinator, listed above.