Arlington Heights Memorial Library volunteers play a vital role in providing top-quality service to our customers. They are people of all ages who come from many cultures and have varied experience and backgrounds - people who support the mission of the library and want to lend a hand. Because of the contribution of our volunteers, we are able to provide services to our community that would not otherwise be possible. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

Our volunteers work in varied positions around the library and are involved in activities such as:

  • Acting as a host for library programs
  • Assisting customers with genealogy research
  • Assisting staff with projects or clerical duties
  • Greeting and directing customers
  • Sorting and organizing donations for the Friends of the Library book sales
  • Staffing the Reading Room or Computer Room at the Senior Center
  • Teaching or coaching during computer classes
  • Tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) students


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Current Volunteer Openings

Open adult volunteer positions are listed below. When completing the volunteer interest form for a particular position, please refer to it by title. Teen volunteer opportunities can be found on the Hub's volunteer webpage.

We provide court-mandated community service opportunities for both teens and adults. Court-mandated service hours are available to adults who require 20 hours or more of service. Community service hours are completed through work in our Maintenance Department, performing routine indoor and outdoor building maintenance such as washing windows, setting up rooms for events, picking up trash, wiping down tables, dusting shelves, etc. Physical requirements include the ability to lift, reach, bend, stoop, and stand for periods of time. Each shift is 4 hours.

An orientation meeting and background check is required for adult court-mandated volunteers. During this 1-hour orientation meeting, we will go over the community service guidelines and create your shift schedule. Orientations are by appointment only and are scheduled Mondays through Thursdays during regular business hours. An orientation is also required for teens. AHML requires a parent or legal guardian to attend orientation with their teen.

Please note if your next court date is less than 6 weeks from when we receive your interest form, we may not be able to accommodate your request.

Complete the    Volunteer Interest Form

Are you looking for meaningful opportunities to strengthen your communication skills, engage in intellectual dialogues, and make a lasting contribution to preserve the history of our local community? Arlington Heights Memorial Library is in need for volunteers to collect stories from individuals who live or work in Arlington Heights for the COVID-19 Story Project. The success of the project depends upon the time and passion contributed by volunteer interviewers and writers. Volunteers must complete a required training program via Zoom. The primary responsibilities for this role are:

● Conduct 5-10 recorded interview sessions by March 2021
● Assist with interview post-processing
● Preparation work involves inquiring consent from the interviewees, developing a topic outline, customizing interview questions, and making sure a smooth flow and conciseness of the interview content.
● Post-processing work involves completing a post-interview form and writing an abstract of the interview.

The role requires the following skills and/or experience:
● Excellent listening, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
● Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
● Excellent organizational skills to ensure all required paperwork is submitted on a timely basis.
● Careful attention to detail and the willingness to work with a style guide.
● Have a reliable internet connection.
● A willingness to learn and use at least one digital recording platform, such as FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, Microsoft Teams
● Ability to receive and send transcript files via email and to listen to audio mp3 files via iTunes or other software.
● A creative thinker and a curious learner
● An interest in oral history, the arts and humanities
● Previous research or interviewing experience is preferred.
● Bilingual Individuals who can conduct interviews in non-English language and translate the abstract in English are highly desirable.

If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form and type "COVID-19 Story Project Interviewer" in the "Job Title" field.

Complete the    Volunteer Interest Form

Do you have personal or professional experience with individuals who are learning to speak English? Are you kind and patient with those around you that ask questions?

We are currently looking for English as a Second Language Tutors to meet with our wonderful students to assist towards improving their conversational skills. Tutors usually meet with 1 or 2 students per week. Each tutoring session is typically 1 hour and is scheduled based on mutual tutor/volunteer availability. Since it is important to build a working relationship with the ESL student, we prefer at least a one-year commitment to this volunteer role.

Complete the    Volunteer Interest Form

Do you have personal or professional experience with individuals who are learning to speak English? Are you kind and patient with those around you that ask questions? Would you like to tutor students learning English but you aren't available at the same time each week to meet with a student?

We are currently looking for Substitute English as a Second Language Tutors to meet with our wonderful students when their regular tutors are sick or on extended vacations. Each volunteer meets with a student for 1-hour per week to assist towards improving the student's conversational skills.

Complete the    Volunteer Interest Form
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For additional information about becoming a volunteer, contact the volunteer office at 847-870-3784 or volunteer@ahml.info.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the  Volunteer Interest Form 

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