FAQ's in: Supporting the Library

We’re a great library because of our many supporters! Here are some ways you can get involved.

Greene County Public Library Foundation


For over a century, Greene County residents have enjoyed the educational and cultural benefits of library service. Library resources and usage have grown steadily, and today the library system consists of seven community libraries throughout the county.

The Library Foundation was established to provide a secure financial foundation that will ensure a legacy of excellence for the future. The Foundation does not replace tax money. Rather, it is intended to enhance the quality and range of library service beyond the level that is the responsibility of the taxpayer.

Learn how you can contribute towards the success of the library—visit greenelibraryfoundation.org.

Friends of the Library

Our Friends:

  • support events at the library such as author visits and programs for kids
  • help with book sales, bake sales, and other fundraising efforts
  • write letters to decision-makers in support of library funding
  • meet other people who love the library!

If you’d like to be a Friend of the Library, connect with your local Friends group or contact your community library.

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Discover a variety of ways you might enjoying volunteering at the library.

Special Events
Volunteers staff book sales and occasional special events, like parades, auctions amp; public programs.

In-Library Tasks
Volunteers can help by cleaning or straightening shelves & marking withdrawn materials from the collection. If you like gardening, some libraries have small flowerbeds.

You could help distribute handouts around the county or help collate information packets or mass mailings.

Book Cleaning & Repair
We’ll be glad to teach you how to repair broken spines, torn book covers, loose pages, etc.

Shelf Reading
“Shelf Reading” means you go to the shelves of materials & determine if they are in their correct alphabetical or numerical order on the shelves.

Children’s Program Assistance
You can assist with set-up, craft making and cleanup.

Greene County Room
You could provide basic reference assistance to patrons in person or by phone, find books and materials for patrons, re-shelve materials and do shelf reading, tidy the research area, and help patrons who are using computer databases. You may also assist in genealogy classes, make obituary cards, file, or cut articles from area newspapers for the newspaper files.

Computer Assistant
You can share your knowledge of computer software and commands.

Policies and Procedures

If you are under 18 you must secure your parent or guardian’s permission to volunteer. When possible, you will be assigned activities matching your qualifications & interests. To help us place you in the right “job,” you will need to complete an application & return it to the library where you wish to volunteer. Please provide two references who aren’t related to you.

After the head librarian receives your application she or he will contact you to set up an informal interview. (You don’t need to be interviewed if you are interested in volunteering for special events such as book sales.) Then the head librarian will match you with available volunteer opportunities.

Upon your acceptance as a volunteer, you’ll get a brief orientation to the library. Training for your specific duties will be provided when necessary. As stated in Section 109.575 of the Ohio Revised Code, you may be fingerprinted if you have regular and unsupervised access to children.

Volunteer Application

Please fill out the volunteer application and return it to your local library.