Libraries in Residence

Overview

Through the Libraries in Residence Program, library staff select and deliver “mini libraries” to continuing care centres and seniors’ residences. Volunteers host the in-residence libraries or provide “room service” via book trolleys. Through this program, volunteers have an opportunity to meet and discuss reading with seniors and people with disabilities who share a passion for reading. Volunteers may be residents of the facility, or external volunteers who visit the facility on a regular basis.

Program Goals

Libraries in Residence is designed:

  • To provide access to library resources to Calgarians who are unable to visit the Library due to mobility or health concerns
  • To support lifelong learning, health and active aging
  • To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs.

Length of Program

  • Ongoing

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Genuine interest in volunteering with the elderly and sharing the love of reading with others.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Manage use of the collections in the in-house libraries
  • Deliver to and collect books from residents who are unable to leave their rooms
  • Maintain regular contact with library staff to ensure that the collections are meeting the needs of the residents
  • Report volunteer hours to the Program Coordinator
  • Commit to participate in the program for a minimum of one year.
  • Respect confidentiality.

Training

  • None

Contact Person for Libraries in Residence Program

Tammy Profili

Phone: 403-260-2755 E-mail: Tammy.Profili@calgarypubliclibrary.com