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.)

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: 46218, 46227. and 46208.

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.

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.

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:

Page at the Glendale Branch

Program & 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:

Booksale/Indy Library Store Volunteer 

The Indianapolis Public Library conducts several book sales every year. Materials for these sales are obtained through the Library's discarding process as well as donated books from the general public. Volunteers donate their time, usually once a week, on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday morning to shelve books in preparation for the sale. Several volunteers choose to only work the actual sales, which occur every other month.

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.

IndyReads

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.