Volunteer for Fines Program now Offered Year Round

Do you have fines on your library account? Volunteer to work off these charges! Our volunteer fine forgiveness program is now a permanent option. Arlington Public Library card holders can volunteer at any library location to have $8.00 per hour waived from their account. Keep reading to learn more.

Who can participate?

Any Arlington Library Card account holder can take part. Patrons must be at least 14 years to volunteer independently, with signed permission from a parent. Children under 14 can volunteer if accompanied by an adult. You can even volunteer on someone else’s behalf. Library staff and their family members are excluded from this program.

What work do volunteers do?

Volunteers make our Library run! For this program, volunteers will work individually or in groups to organize shelves, clean books and toys, clean DVDs, wipe down surfaces, shred and recycle papers, and pull items from the shelves. Read more about our volunteer program here.

We don’t advise volunteering longer than 4 hours at a time. Work at each location may be limited, so volunteer hours aren’t guaranteed. During this program, volunteers won’t be allowed to exceed 8 hours a day. You must work at least one hour to participate. Credit will not be given for time worked beyond the fines on an account.

What fines will be forgiven?

Only Arlington Public Library fines are eligible. Fees charged by our partner libraries (Mansfield Public Library, Kennedale Public Library, or any inter-library loan facility) are not eligible for this program. In addition, volunteer hours won’t apply towards item replacement costs, processing fees or collection fees.

How do you sign up?

If you’re interested, contact the supervisor at your local branch for more information. They’ll be able to tell you the tasks available, as well as help you schedule a time to work. If you’ll be volunteering for more than one day, fill out a volunteer application to start the process.