Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I apply?

Generally speaking our recruitment period is either beginning of summer or beginning of the school year. However, during the school year, we might recruit as well. The best way is to Like Us on Facebook so you can receive notifications.

Q: What is the difference between Senior Library Ambassador and a Library Ambassador?

Senior Library Ambassadors will lead teams, where a Library Ambassador will be the ‘second hand in command’. It really depends on how much responsibilities and commitments you want to take on. However, no matter which position you apply for, we will teach you everything you need to know in order to succeed.  After all, we just want you to radiate awesomeness!

Q: Why should I volunteer?

  • Meet new friends
  • Get recognition from the university and the library
  • Get invaluable work experience
  • Build your resume
  • Develop new, practical, and transferable skills
  • Volunteer for events/campaigns that are of personal interest

Q: Are there certain skills I need to be a volunteer?

All volunteers receive comprehensive training. No qualifications or experience necessary.

Q: What will I be doing?

Exciting, rewarding, and fun projects! You could give presentations, learn to lead, be creative, be a library ambassador, and/or perhaps pick up a few practical and transferable skills!

Q: Will I have to complete an application form or have an interview?

Yes, but remember the application form and the interview is a two-way process. It has 3 benefits:

It enables us to find out more about you
It ensure that you are suitable for the role
It enables you to ensure that the volunteering opportunity meets your needs and interests

Q: How much time do I need to commit?

We are looking for commitment for the entire academic year, approximately 3-7 hours per week (depending on position).

Q: Who can volunteer?

Any full-time, in good academic standing UTM undergraduate students are welcome to join.

Q: Do you provide training?

Yes, general program orientation and on-site training during your volunteer hours.

Q: Will volunteering help me get a job?

Definitely! You not only gain significant work related experience but also gain practical and transferable skills to add to your resume. Volunteering provides skills and experience that is valued by many employers.

Q: What is the process of being a Library volunteer?

1) Fill in the online application from the UTM Library volunteer website

2) If you get selected, we will contact you for an interview

3) Come to mandatory meetings and trainings and you are ready to start!

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to email Donna Liu (donna.liu@utoronto.ca).