Volunteering at the Library
Call the Reference Department at 580.581.3450 ext. 4 for any openings we might have and check the descriptions of volunteer positions listed below.
After we receive your application, we will call contact you within a couple of weeks for further details.
Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer via the Friends of the Lawton Public Library and the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society.
Volunteer Opportunity: Computer Tech. If you are an expert at navigating computers, you could provide a great service to the Library and its. If you have media skills to share, we could use you! These volunteers will be available to assist the public with the Internet or Microsoft Word. If possible, they might also help with instructional classes that teach the setting up email accounts, writing resumes, using an e-reader, or surfing the web. Patience and good speaking skills are required. Teaching experience is a plus.
Volunteer Opportunity: Book Cleaner. As anyone who uses any library can tell you, book covers become soiled after a relatively short time. Cleaning the covers is an ongoing task which requires the careful attention of the person doing it. Cleaning the books is a very satisfying activity. It allows the volunteer to work on his or her own at their chosen pace and to explore the books as they are wiped clean. Although one might think the cleaning is rather simple, it is an important and time consuming job to maintain the appearance each book so that it will appeal to the user.
Volunteer Opportunity: Shelf Reader. Do you enjoy detail work? Do you have a good knowledge of numbers? Are you patient? Are you a library user? The characteristics mentioned above are those necessary to become a shelf reader at the Lawton Public Library. A shelf reader is a person who is assigned to check the call numbers of material on the shelves to make sure everything is in its proper place. This is a very important job because if items are misplaced, patrons will be unable to them. Careful "reading" of the call numbers and knowledge of numerical sequence are required to make sure that the items are arranged correctly by the Dewey Decimal system.
Volunteer Opportunity: Stack Organizer. If you love making order out of chaos and have the patience to do the same things over and over each day, you will enjoy being a stack organizer. The organizers will straighten the books and other materials on the shelves as needed. In addition they will strive to keep the library tidy and free of debris.
Volunteer Opportunity: Maintenance Assistant. The responsibilities of the Library Maintenance team are varied. Included are dusting bookshelves, cleaning windows, raking leaves and removing hedge trimmings, careful vacuuming of sites, watering plants, collecting trash and recycling, and cleaning outside of the Main Library.
The Teen Summer Reading Program volunteer program runs from June through August. Applications for 2021 will be accepted starting April 15, 2021. Orientation and summer volunteering are required for all teens wishing to be considered for year-long volunteering opportunities.
- Between 14 – 18 years old and still in high school.
- Able to work May 31-July 31, a minimum of three hours once a week or a maximum of six hours twice a week between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
- Willing to dress appropriately and report to the library in a Library t-shirt and nametag.
- Willing to complete a mandatory training session. You will be contacted by library staff by May 18th with details if you are selected to volunteer.
Contact the library for the application.