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.)
Please note: we are happy to work with students in need of community service hours, however we will not accept individuals appointed community service through the court system.
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)
Central - the Learning Curve - Club meetings are on Wednesday evenings (Age 14 and up)
College - Mondays after school and one Saturday a month (Age 18 and up)
Haughville - Bring your friends and build a new club! Schedule to still be determined. (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)
- Southport Branch and 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.
- Outreach Services (Library Services Center)
- Outreach provides the Book Mobiles 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 Friday afternoons. Lifting (up to 15 lbs.), standing, sitting.
- Central Library
- Spanish Computer Class Registration Support. Use your Spanish language skills! Contact Spanish-speaking participants by phone who have registered for Spanish language computer classes at the Central Library. Confirm registration, reschedule, answer questions, and provide a friendly voice for the class participants. If scheduling permits, assist at the beginning of the classes to welcome and sign-in the participants. Registration Support is needed during two sessions each year - Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov and again in Feb/Mar/Apr/May. The volunteer placed in this role would be expected to complete the session that they begin.
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)
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
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!
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.
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!)
Santa Comes to Fountain Square. Are you ready for the Holiday Season? Here’s a chance to bring cheer! Santa Comes to Fountain Square on Saturday, December 12th from 10-12. We’re looking for holiday elves to help the Fountain Square branch spread joy to lots of girls and boys; hand out gloves, ice cookies for decorating, inspire coloring artists, and guide children as they create a picture frame for their photo with Santa.
The Volunteer shift is from 9:30am to 1:30pm (we want to make sure everyone has a chance to complete their picture frame). There will be some standing, sitting and bending. (and be prepared for glitter and icing) Minimum age for volunteers is 14. This event is sponsored by the Fountain Square Neighborhood Association, Fountain Square Merchants Association, Indiana State Police Alliance, PNC Bank, White Castle, and IndyPL.
First Lego League Qualifying Tournament. Do you like to Make Stuff? If so, please consider joining us in the Maker Space at the First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at Central Library on December 5, 2015, and help FLL kids turn "Trash into Treasures!" Volunteers are needed to assist in the Maker Space; where kids, age 9-14, will use recycled & re-purposed materials and Hi & Low Tech tools & equipment to design & create.
No experience necessary! We’ll train you! Volunteers will assist Maker Coaches for each of the Maker Stations: 3D Design & Printing, 3Doodling, Electronics, Textiles & Soft Circuits, and other community builds that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The primary role of the volunteer is to encourage curiosity, creativity, and collaboration while supervising to maintain safe and fun play spaces. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8am for training and assist from 9am to 3, with clean-up until 4ppm. Minimum volunteer age is 14; standing, walking; able to engage with the public in a friendly and encouraging manner.
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.