Volunteering at the Library

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Indianapolis Public Library.

If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, or are looking for a group volunteer project, please contact the Library's Support Programs & Volunteer Resources Office at 317-275-4046, or use our Volunteer Opportunities email contact form. (Indy Reads has specific contact information available below.)

The Public Collection; Public Art - Public Books
Be a part of a new and exciting project!

IndyPL is seeking volunteers to help process, stock, and maintain books at select The Public Collection art installations located in Indianapolis. The Public Collection is a Rachel Simon and IndyPL partnership project administered through the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). Volunteers are needed for our Central Library and Outreach department. The volunteer commitment will generally be 2-3 hours a week, though the schedule will be flexible depending upon project need as well as volunteer and library staff schedules. The Public Collection runs through 2017. Learn more about this exciting and unique project and contact us if you wish to become involved!

Coming Soon: Spades Park Branch!

Our Spades Park Branch, located at 1801 Nowland Ave., is seeking volunteers to assist with their Teen Tech Lounge, a place community teens can simply hang-out, check out equipment, and independently learn new computer applications. Volunteers check in and out equipment, assist teens with basic computer applications, and promote the general well-being of the area. Volunteers can engage in appropriate, well-suited personal activities (perhaps studying or reading?) when Lounge assistance is not needed. This is a great volunteer activity to do with a friend! Volunteers are at least 18 and possess the ability to accomplish tasks in a positive, diplomatic manner. Volunteers who enjoy and are comfortable interacting maturely and respectfully with teens and young adults, enjoy this activity!

Booksale/Indy Library Store Volunteer

The Indy Library Store is looking for Book Sale volunteers! The Indianapolis Public Library conducts several book sales every year. Materials for these sales are obtained through the Library's discarding process and from donations made by the general public. Book Sale Volunteers donate their time, usually once a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday morning, or Thursday afternoon to process and shelve books in preparation for public and online sales. The tasks involve lifting, standing and walking throughout the store. Volunteers can choose to only work the actual sales, which occur every other month.

Page at the Glendale BranchProgram & Special Project Volunteer

Certain branches need volunteer assistance with programs, projects, and special events. The volunteer time commitment depends upon the activity.

Public Computer Support Volunteer

Library branches engage volunteers to help our public computer patrons with basic computer tasks such as printing, saving information to a flash drive, creating an e-mail account, and other general computer functions. (Adult volunteers only, please.)

We currently have Public Computer Support Volunteer positions open at the following branches:

Collection Support Volunteer

Several Library branches throughout Marion County utilize volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways including shelving, maintaining special collections and/or periodical sections, assisting with special projects or displays, just to name a few. The volunteer time commitment can be as little as 2 hours a week.

We have Collection Support volunteer positions open at the following locations:

Library Express Volunteer

The Library Express program utilizes volunteers to select and deliver Library materials for patrons who are homebound. The volunteer time commitment averages 2-4 hours a month. We are currently in need of volunteers to serve in the following zip code areas: 46201, 46218 and 46268.

Library Express volunteers are matched to one patron for whom the volunteer selects and delivers materials to the patron's home. Volunteers provide this service with their personal vehicle and must successfully complete the volunteer screening process.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact the Library's Support Programs & Volunteer Resources office at 317-275-4046.

Special Event Volunteer

The Library is always searching for volunteers to help greet and assist the public who attend special Library programs. Volunteers who assist with special programs are utilized on an "on call" basis depending on the need for volunteer assistance. Most adult special programs are held in the evening or on weekends.

Upcoming Special Events where we need your assistance:

If you like to dress up in costume:

Fairy Tale Bash, Lawrence Branch, 7898 N Hague Road. Dress up as your favorite Fairy Tale character - witch, frog, prince or princess - then help with craft projects, crowd control and set-up/clean-up. Standing. Saturday, Oct 10 from 1:30 to 3:30pm (4 Teen/Adult volunteers)

Halloween Party, Franklin Branch, 5550 South Franklin Road. Family friendly costumes, assist with craft projects, crowd control and set-up/clean-up. Standing. Saturday, October 31 from 9:30am to 12:30pm (8 Teen/Adult volunteers)

Safe Night Halloween, Indiana State Fairgrounds. Trunk or Treat outdoors weather permitting (rain plan is in exhibition hall), dress up and help the Glendale branch staff pass out books to trick or treaters. Standing and walking. Free parking. Saturday, October 31 from 4 to 7:30pm (2 Teen/Adult volunteers)

Other opportunities:

Author's Fair, Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair. Help direct fair participants to break-out sessions, deliver lunch and provide support to the event organizers. Standing and walking. Saturday, Oct 10, shifts are 10am to Noon, Noon to 2pm and 2pm to 5:00 (2-5 Adult volunteers per shift)

Author's Award Dinner, Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair. Provide assistance with registration, silent auction, and hosting guests. Volunteers will receive a complementary ticket to the dinner and program, and a book by one of the 5 Indiana Authors Award author honorees. Saturday, Oct 10 from 5:00 to 10pm. Standing and walking, limited seated roles. (2 Adult volunteers)

Spirit & Place Kick-off Decorations, Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Ave (Glendale Mall). Decorate the branch with clouds, artwork, vignettes, etc. in preparation for the event. Standing, lifting, bending, step-stool. Friday, November 6, Shifts are 10am to Noon, Noon to 2pm, 2pm to 4pm, and 4pm to 6pm (2 to 5 Teen/Adult volunteers per shift)


Indy Reads, an adult literacy program in partnership with the Library, seeks volunteers to serve as basic literacy or ESL tutors. A background in education is not required. Volunteers will receive comprehensive training. To learn more about this and other volunteer opportunities, call Indy Reads at 317-275-4040 or visit Indy Reads for more information.