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Volunteer @ HMCPL

Be a part of Team HMCPL

This is the public’s library. It is because of the public in our communities that we are continually ranked as one of the top libraries in Alabama. For over 200 years, we have been proud to connect the residents of Madison County with knowledge, resources, and materials that foster their ability to create, and enable them to explore the universe around them. By volunteering at an HMCPL location, you show your dedication to all that HMCPL does and you allow us to continue to develop and expand the horizons of Madison County. Thank you for your support of HMCPL. We couldn’t do it without you.

HMCPL has thirteen locations throughout Madison County and the city of Huntsville. Each of our locations reflects the unique history and fabric of its surrounding community, which means no two volunteer opportunities are exactly alike. HMCPL volunteers may be found setting up chairs for a concert, pitching in to beautify a library campus, baking treats for a fundraiser, or sharing smiles during an open house. Wherever they are, they are a part of Team HMCPL.

Because HMCPL values the contributions of our volunteers, we also value their time and commitments. HMCPL aims to provide volunteers with meaningful responsibilities, training, and supervision to help support the Library’s ability to serve our communities; however volunteers will not be placed in positions that could jeopardize the Library’s ability to operate if a volunteer is unable to report to their shift unless special circumstances demand otherwise.

Join the team

Please fill out our Volunteer Application in order to apply as an HMCPL Volunteer. All HMCPL Volunteers must be approved before they are eligible to participate. Volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator once approved and will be given a Volunteer Orientation date. Volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation before they will be scheduled at their Volunteer Location.

In the interests of our patrons, staff, and volunteers, HMCPL reserves the right to decline acceptance of a volunteer application at any time. Additionally, Volunteers who violate HMCPL Volunteer Guidelines and/or HMCPL Policies will be asked to discontinue their service, as well as potentially facing further consequences based upon the policy in question and/or seriousness of the violation.

Equal Opportunity Policy

HMCPL maintains a strong equal employment opportunity policy. Volunteers are recruited, placed, trained, recognized, and dismissed on the basis of competence and job performance, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, or political affiliation.

Our team, your team, the same team

Are you a member of an organization looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a group? From clubs to troops, colleges to companies, sports to societies, we are more than happy to discuss larger volunteer opportunities with HMCPL that may suit your needs. To contact our Volunteer Coordinator, email

HMCPL Teen Volunteers

Every summer, select HMCPL locations offer special volunteer opportunities for teens age 14-18. To learn more about this program and to see if your local library participates, please contact your local library location.

Other Opportunities

If you are looking for volunteer hours to complete scholarship or merit requirements, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by emailing prior to applying as a volunteer.

To get even more involved in supporting your local library, consider joining a Friends of the Library group. These invaluable individuals go the extra mile to help HMCPL continue to innovate and improve on its offerings. To find out more about getting involved, and to learn about special benefits for FOL members, please visit

Short on time? You can still help! Check out the Huntsville Library Foundation to learn about ways to donate to the HMCPL mission. Visit to learn more. 

HMCPL Volunteer Guidelines

Please see the HMCPL Volunteer Handbook for a complete listing of Volunteer Guidelines. By submitting a Volunteer Application or participating as a Volunteer in any capacity with HMCPL, you express your willingness to abide by any and all HMCPL policies as well as all HMCPL Volunteer Guidelines. Refusal to agree to or failure to abide by these guidelines will result in your application being declined and/or you being dismissed form volunteer service.

HMCPL Volunteers are expected to sign in and out at the beginning and end of each shift in order to accurately record their contributions to the Library.

While volunteering, HMCPL asks that you remember that you are representing the Library. Volunteers are expected to be polite, helpful, and friendly while interacting with the staff and the public. Inappropriate and/or offensive behavior will result in you being asked to discontinue your service.

Unless otherwise trained, please refer all informational and instructional questions to Library Staff unless they are purely directional (such as ‘Where is the restroom?’ or ‘Where is the Youth Department?’).

All HMCPL Volunteers are expected to follow the Volunteer Dress Code at all times. Please refer to the HMCPL Volunteer Handbook for a list of appropriate attire. All volunteers are required to wear their Volunteer Badge while volunteering.

In the event of an emergency, all HMCPL Volunteers should immediately assume the role of a patron and follow all directions given by HMCPL Staff and/or emergency personnel. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Further Information

Questions regarding the HMCPL Volunteer Program can be directed to the Volunteer Coordinator via email at

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. ― Sherry Anderson