Volunteering

The Friends of Mackay Libraries Incorporated are a non-profit group whose members are interested in supporting and encouraging free library services in the Mackay region. They give their time voluntarily to help maintain and extend library services within the community.

The volunteer group formed in 1981. The group currently has around 160 members and are always looking for more help. Friends are welcome to volunteer at any of the branches.

The Friends are divided into a number of groups according to the support they provide such as:

Shelving

Five library branches and one Mobile Library generate thousands of item returns daily. This includes, books, DVDs, CDS, audio books, magazines and more from areas including Adult, Junior, Young Adult areas.

To shelve resources you must have:

  • the ability to navigate a trolley;
  • the ability to shelve lower shelf items;
  • the ability to shelve higher shelf items;
  • good alpha-numeric skills (know your alphabet and number orders really well!);
  • awareness of collection locations (orientations of the collections will be included in the site specific  inductions).

Exam invigilation

Invigilating exams is simply supervising a student undertake an exam and ensuring the requirements of the education provider are enforced.  Relevant information will be supplied for each student’s needs.

To conduct and exam invigilation you must have:

  • the ability to enforce the requirements outlined by the education provider.

Home library service deliveries

The home library service is available to residents who are unable to visit the library and do not have family or friends who can assist them with either transport or selection and collection of library material.

Library staff select the material which is delivered to the home library service client by Friends.

To assist with home library deliveries you must have:

  • good interpersonal skills;
  • a registered vehicle;
  • third party insurance;
  • a current, appropriate driver's license;
  • undertake a police criminal history check.

You must agree to advise the library if:

  • you are involved in a motor vehicle accident whilst carrying out library duties;
  • you are convicted of a traffic offence that results in license suspension.

Author talks

Local and non-local authors regularly contact Mackay Regional Council Libraries seeking a venue and support to deliver free author talks. The FOML provide a wonderful service to library clients by assisting the author set up and deliver author talks for our community. The library service assists with promotional material and providing tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits.

To assist with author talks you must have:

  • good communication skills;
  • good planning and organising skills;
  • the ability to assist with the set up and pack up of the event including moving furniture (not essential).

Benefits

  • Meet like-minded people and enhance your social life
  • Keep up-to-date with library happenings
  • Participate in activities that make a difference to the library and the local community

Regular events

  • Quarterly meetings
  • Annual general meetings
  • Friends of Mackay Libraries Christmas Party
  • Whitsunday Voices short story competition
  • Author talks

How do I become a Friend of Mackay Libraries?

Membership is open to everyone and it's free. For more information about becoming a Friend of Mackay Libraries contact us, ask at your local branch or complete the application form.