Completion of this form does not guarantee placement or engagement as a library volunteer.

NOTE: If you volunteered with Columbus Metropolitan Library in the past do not complete another application. Visit the library branch where you would like to volunteer, and speak with a volunteer supervisor. 

At this time we have not completely recovered volunteer operations due to COVID. As a result, fewer volunteer positions are available in some areas, and processing of new applications is taking longer. Please be patient as we process this application. 

After completing this form, click the Submit button. 

Contact and Basic Information

We will contact you via email. Please provide an email address where we can contact you.

Adults: Background checks are required to volunteer. You will be contacted for your Social Security Number when we process the background check.

Tell Us About You

This information defines what you can and want to do for us as a volunteer.

Emergency Contacts

Please provide two emergency contacts.


Students: Please include the school you currently attend.

Volunteer History

Employment History

Volunteer Preferences

School Help/Job Help Expertise

If you plan to assist us in our School Help or Job Help Centers, please list the areas of expertise you plan to share with our customers.

Demographics and Background Check Information

I understand that Verified First will contact me to complete a criminal background check if I am older than 18. I will respond to their requests and wait for the results to be returned to Columbus Metropolitan Library before I can volunteer. 

I understand that Verified First is a consumer reporting agency. Verified First will provide a written explanation of any questions I may have concerning my report.

I understand that Columbus Metropolitan Library and Verified First cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information reported to it by third parties, and I release Columbus Metropolitan Library and Verified First from liability for damages that arise from errors or omissions in my background investigation and consumer report.

If you are a current resident of California, Oklahoma, or Minnesota and would like to receive a copy of your consumer report or investigative report, please inform Verified First.


All volunteer applications are subject to a background check. To complete the background check, we are required to collect your Social Security Number. Our background check company, Verified First, will ask for this information. 

Please allow two weeks for your application to be fully processed.

Submitting a volunteer application does not guarantee placement or engagement as a library volunteer. Once accepted as a volunteer, an assignment can end at any time at the discretion of the volunteer coordinator.

Qualified volunteer applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, non-job related medical condition or disability.

I certify that all statements made in this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and I agree and understand that if I am accepted into the Columbus Metropolitan Library volunteer program, any false statements may result in my dismissal from the program.

I grant the library full permission to use my name, any photographs, videos, motion pictures, or recordings obtained through the volunteer program for any publicity and promotional purposes without obligation or liability to me.

I acknowledge that there is no salary or other compensation for my services as a volunteer.

If I am a minor, I agree to have my parent or guardian sign all appropriate consent forms. Without the proper signatures, I will not be permitted to volunteer.

I understand that Columbus Metropolitan Library shall not be responsible for the loss or damage of personal property and possessions of the volunteer.