Special Collections Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Oak Park Public Library834 Lake StreetOak Park, IL 60301


Current or recent graduate students studying Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Museum Studies, Public History, or related programs may apply. Prospective volunteers will fill out an application form, provide a resume, have a brief interview with the Library’s Curator of Special Collections, and undergo a background check (to be reimbursed by the Library).

Prospective volunteers may begin at any time, pending institutional need. Volunteers are expected to volunteer for at least 1 month, given the amount of necessary training. Volunteers are under the supervision of the Curator of Special Collections and Archivist. Volunteers are expected to follow the Library’s Rules of Behavior and best practices presented by the Curator and Archivist. Set shifts may occur Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm.

Graduate students seeking limited, short term opportunities for class requirements (class project, alternative spring break, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Library's Curator of Special Collections.

Volunteer tasks may include the following, depending on institutional need:

  • Basic preservation and rehousing
  • Preliminary inventories and box lists
  • Stacks maintenance and environmental monitoring
  • Digitization and reformatting
  • Research and exhibition preparation
The Oak Park Public Library’s Special Collections curates, protects and makes available heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park and its inhabitants. Collecting emphasis is on local authors and figures, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, Carol Shields, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harriette Gillem Robinet, and Philander Barclay. To learn more, visit: oppl.org/Special-Collections


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Organization
  • Verbal / Written Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 8 hours a month

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