The library is always looking for dedicated individuals who are seeking rewarding volunteer opportunities.  From working with children at programs to shelf reading, we appreciate all those who take the time to make helping out at the library.  We accept teen volunteers, senior citizens, and retirees and encourage all who are interested to contribute time to work at the library.  For more information, please call (724) 662-42133 or send us an email.  You may download our volunteer application.


Volunteers who are age 18 and over must complete at least two clearances, due to changes in Pennsylvania Laws.  These clearances are free for volunteers.


Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113) can be completed online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home.  This clearance is free for those applying as a volunteer.  You will need to create a Keystone ID in the Child Welfare Portal and follow the instructions for the clearance.


Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (SP4-164) can be completed online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp.  This clearance is free for those applying as a volunteer by selecting “New Record Check (Volunteer Only).”  Please follow the instructions for the clearance. 


Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is NOT required as long as:


• The position the volunteer is applying for is an unpaid position; AND

• The volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years.


Volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI certification because they are applying for an unpaid position and have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.  For more information on FBI Federal Criminal History report, visit https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm.


Clearances may be returned along with the completed volunteer application to the front desk of the library or digitally forwarded to the library through email.


For more information on the importance of clearances, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Volunteer FAQ.

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