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.)
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.
Help the library's Minecraft Clubs! Create new worlds, monitor the club's activity during play, help new users, and assist the branch staff with physical and virtual set-up and clean-up. (Sitting, standing, walking, and some lifting)
- Central - the Learning Curve - Club meetings are on Wednesday evenings (Age 14 and up)
- Haughville - Bring your friends and build a new club! Tuesday evening 5 to 8pm (Age 14 and up)
Program Support 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)
- Lawrence Branch
- Do you love interacting with toddlers? Story time can be a bit hectic. Come encourage participation of children by engaging in activities, provide set-up/clean-up help, assist with the craft project, and support library staff. Story time is Monday — Friday at 10:30am. Pick a day! Adults please; bending, sitting, stooping, some light lifting.
- Pike Branch
- Teen Advisory Volunteers: Teens, ages 14 and up to serve on the Teen Advisory. They will assist with library programs, library functions and provide feedback on teen services and materials.
- (Southport Branch will resume the Teen Advisory when renovations are completed.)
- Outreach Services (Library Services Center)
- Outreach provides the Bookmobiles for our community. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including preparing craft kits for day care centers, inventorying books, assembling and refreshing bunny bags, and processing material for The Public Collection. Adults are needed for a 2-3 hour shift, one day a week for this on-going commitment, preferably on Tuesdays from 1pm — 4pm. Lifting (up to 15 lbs.), standing, sitting.
- Central Library
- Game Night! Learn new games, teach them to others, help with BIG games and support the Learning Curve Activity Guides on Monday evenings from 4:30 to 8:00pm. Saturday shifts coming soon! Sitting, standing, walking, bending some light lifting with set-up/clean-up.
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)
- Pike Branch
- Southport Branch (Monday - Thursday 3 - 6pm) (On hold until the completion of the branch's renovation.)
Collection Support Volunteer
Several Library branches throughout Marion County utilize Collection Support volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways including pulling materials from the shelves, 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.
The Public Collection; Public Art - Public Books
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! (Volunteers serving in this position will need to have the ability to lift and transport boxes of books).
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 special programs are held in the evening or on weekends.
Special Event Volunteer, various sites. Variety is the spice of life! Let us know if you'd like to be added to the Special Event Volunteer list. We'll contact you throughout the year when there are special event opportunities. (Holiday parties, Galas, Author book signings, and more!)
Meet the Artists: The works of locally prominent African-American artists will be on display at Central Library during "Meet the Artists" 28th year, Tuesday, January 26 through Sunday, March 27. Sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, the exhibit provides an avenue for locally prominent African-American artists to showcase their works which represent a variety of artistic mediums. The events below, which are open and free to the public, include cultural entertainment, music performances and refreshments.
- Gala Reception, Saturday February 13, 2016, 5:00 -10:30pm. Assistance is needed with registration, passing out programs, assisting in a children's craft area, way-finding, and committee support.
- Gallery Exhibit, First Friday, March 4, 2016, 5:30— 9:30pm. Help with registration, passing out programs, way-finding, and committee support.
We welcome volunteer groups to engage with the Library in a variety of ways including work-days sprucing up a branch, conducting a book/supply drives, processing materials for The Public Collection, preparing the Indy Library Store for the next sale, and Days of Service. Let us know how we can help you designing a project for your team by contacting the Library's Support Programs & Volunteer Resources Office at 317-275-4046, or use our Volunteer Opportunities email contact form. We look forward to collaborating with you!
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.