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.
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
- Strong interpersonal & communication skills
- Ability to work independently
- Genuine interest in volunteering with the elderly and sharing the love of reading with others.
- 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.
Contact Person for Libraries in Residence Program
Phone: 403-260-2755 E-mail: Tammy.Profili@calgarypubliclibrary.com