Public Library

Volunteers are very important to the smooth running of the Mercer Public Library.  They do many tasks, including:

  • Working the circulation desk--checking books in and out and assisting patrons
  • Shelving books and other materials
  • Preparing materials for the shelves
  • Repairing materials
  • ... and much more!

If you are looking for a pleasant environment in which to serve the community, call the library at 476-2366 or contact the library director to volunteer.

We are proud of these dedicated volunteers who have contributed many hours to helping at the library:      

Volunteers of the Mercer Public Library

Pictured left to right: Wilma Bingham, Clemetta Evenson, Rita Anderson and Barb Heinrich
Not pictured: Gary Bogenschneider, Judy Bugni, Marge Pemble, Kelly Stryjewski, Joe Schmidt and many others!

Library Volunteer Policy

The Library Board encourages individuals and groups to volunteer their time and efforts in the service of the Mercer Public Library. Under immediate supervision, volunteers reshelve materials, maintain materials in the library collection in a neat and orderly fashion, and assist in other support tasks as assigned.


  1. Performs alpha-numeric sorting and filing tasks.
  2. Arranges returned materials and reshelve them in proper order.
  3. Shelfreads and straightens materials on the shelves or in the collection while shelving and in other assigned areas.
  4. Empties bookdrop and takes returned items to the proper place for check in.
  5. Refers non-directional questions to appropriate staff member(s).
  6. Prepares, repairs, or reconditions library materials.
  7. Assists with library patrons, programs, and displays.
  8. Assists patrons with mechanical operation of library equipment.
  9. Performs light housekeeping.
  10.   Performs other related work.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and public.
  2. Ability to follow detailed directions.
  3. Ability to sort efficiently in alphabetic or numeric order.
  4. Ability to understand and perform assigned library procedures.
  5. Good personal skills and ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationship with the public, peers and supervisors.
  6. Working knowledge of English grammar and spelling.

Physical Demands:

  1. Ability to work in confined spaces.
  2. Bending, twisting, reaching and feeling.
  3. Climbing, ascending and descending short footstool.
  4. Handling, picking up and shelving books.
  5. Light lifting and carrying.
  6. Standing, walking, stooping, kneeling and crouching.
  7. Talking, hearing, near vision, and use of telephone.

Mental Requirements:                                                                                                          

  1. Ability to apply technical knowledge.
  2. Ability to comprehend and follow instructions: effectively follow instruction from supervisor, verbally and in written form.
  3. Communication skills:  effectively communicate ideas and information contained in both written and verbal form.
  4. Mathematical ability:  calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) without the aid of a calculator.
  5. Reading ability:  effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, bulletins, etc.

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(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Monday - Thursday 9-7
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-12

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Tues, Thurs 9-6
Saturday 9-12