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, 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 at our East Washington Street, Fountain Square, and Outreach department locations. 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!
Volunteers Needed Immediately: 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.
Summer Teen Volunteer
The following Library branches are accepting Summer Teen volunteer applications. Please contact the branch directly to learn about age requirements and position openings.
Program & Special Project Volunteer
Certain branches need volunteer assistance with programs, projects, and special events. The volunteer time commitment depends upon the activity.
- East 38th Street Branch
- Program/Classroom Assistant Volunteers (as scheduled)
- Haughville Branch
- Family Craft Night Volunteers (age 14-adult, second Tuesday evening, monthly)
- Southport Branch
- Teen Advisory Board Volunteers: Teens, ages 14 and up to serve on the Teen Advisory Board. They will assist with library programs, library functions and provide feedback on teen services and materials.
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:
- East 38th Street Branch
- Haughville Branch
- Irvington Branch (Monday, Tuesday & Saturdays 10am - 1pm)
- Southport Branch (Monday - Thursday 3 - 6pm)
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.
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.