Queens Library conducts a criminal background check of all volunteer applicants, 18 and older upon recommendation of final approval. Screenings are conducted online through Verified Volunteers.
Currently, the following screenings are conducted:
- Nationwide Criminal Record Locator Search - first looks for criminal records in your current county of residence jurisdiction. Then it checks a nationwide criminal database to identify any further records in places you have lived and/or visited. All reported criminal history is validated at the primary source of information.
- Social Security Trace (if applicable) - is performed if the volunteer chooses to provide their Social Security Number. This search identifies places where the individual has lived and alias names used within the last 7 years.
- 50 State Department of Justice Registered Sex Offender Search - The National 50 State Sex Offender Registry Search / National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) checks the Federal Department of Justice database which includes the listing of registered sex offenders for all 50 States.