Get Involved

The Adopt-a-Shelf program is a volunteer opportunity to make a tangible and immediate impact on the findability of library books.

The volunteer adopts a bookshelf or section of the Library to maintain. The volunteer then visits the Library and works to keep that shelf area neat and orderly. 

The impact of an Adopt-a-Shelf volunteer is invaluable! You ensure that books are kept in the proper order which will help everyone find the book they are looking for quickly. 


  • Assist Darien Library with keeping the bookshelves looking great. 
  • Meet with Library staff for a brief orientation and training.
  • Use alphabetical and numerical skills to shelf read.
  • Arrange books neatly on the shelf by pulling them forward if necessary.
  • Shift materials, if necessary, so that each row is easy to browse.
  • Work independently.
  • Remove clutter and left behind bookmarks.

The Adopt-a-Shelf program fosters community, brings people together, and empowers volunteers to make a meaningful impact in their Library.

Kiera Parrott, Director of Darien Library

Apply to the Adopt-a-Shelf Program

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