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Located in Chatham, Illinois
Chatham Area Public Library
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteers are welcome during certain set hours throughout the week after a 1-hour mandatory training session has been attended. We appreciate the many people wanting to support our library, and we want to make sure we use their time efficiently.

Adult Volunteers

Woman reading a picture book for children sitting on the ground

We appreciate and value the time and effort given by our volunteers. We are always accepting applications for new volunteers. Fill out a Chatham Area Public Library District Volunteer Application or print a paper application and return it to the Circulation Desk. The library strives to place every applicant; however, volunteer opportunities are limited. Volunteers will be contacted as opportunities become available and scheduled as needed.

Interested in volunteering at the Cafe and Bookstore? See the Friends section below

Teen Volunteers

teen helping child with gluing activity

If you're here, it's because you're interested in giving back to your community. Maybe you want to be a volunteer because you're looking for a fun thing to do in your free time. Maybe you have to volunteer for school. Whatever the reason, we can help you figure out what to do.  Fill out a Chatham Area Public Library District Volunteer Application or print a paper application and return it to the Circulation Desk.

Friends of the Board talking with the Bookstore staff

The Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library Volunteers

The Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit run by volunteers whose sole purpose is to support Chatham Area Public Library’s collections, services, programs, spaces, and staff.

Anyone can volunteer with Friends, regardless of their membership status. Volunteers can participate in a variety of activities:

  • Working at the annual book sales
  • Staffing the Friends' Café & Bookstore
  • Acting in our March Murder Mystery Fundraiser
  • Being a member on the Friends Board. 
  • Helping at other Friends-sponsored library events

Please contact us with how you're interested in serving!

Cafe & Bookstore

If you like to connect with your community, talk about books and support your Library, there is no better way than to be a volunteer in our Friends' Café & Bookstore! 

For more information, click on and complete the Volunteer Information Form, and it will be sent to the Bookstore & Café Coordinator.  You will be contacted, and the Coordinator will discuss the open volunteer needs, typical job duties and answer any questions you may have.  We hope you'll join the fun!