Two volunteer services are offered in the patient library:
Room workers assist patients and family members who visit the library with reference questions, help select materials and assist with computer use. Volunteers help check materials in and out and take phone orders for materials that are delivered to patient rooms.
Cart workers take the library cart to patient rooms, providing patients with a personal selection of reading material. This service is available from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers may also take the book cart to patients in the evening and on weekends.
Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers have opportunities to work in the patients' libraries at Rochester Methodist Hospital and Saint Marys Hospital. Responsibilities vary at each site. Shift times are 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.