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.)
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!)
IndyVolved, Thursday, June 9, 6p to 9p. Central Library will be hosting the IndyHub service fair called IndyVolved. We’re looking for outgoing 20-30 somethings that would like to share their volunteer experience with the Library and promote library cards. You’ll have time to visit 100 organization’s tables and enjoy this high-energy event. Standing and lots of smiling!
- Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:30p to 8p. Snap shots of amazing volunteers as they receive recognition for their contribution to the Library at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at Central Library. Dinner provided.
- Monday, October 10, 2016, 8a to Noon. Help document the 2016 IndyPL Staff Day by utilizing your photography skills during the breakfast and lunch session – staff awards, library key note, as well as, candid shots of breakout sessions. Breakfast and Lunch provided.
Juneteenth Party, Friday, June 17th from 5:30p to 8:30p, College Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue, A Juneteenth Party will be the kickoff for the beginning of the Summer Reading Program at the College Branch. Help with games, serving food, crafts and activities, as well as, setup/cleanup. (Volunteers will be standing and walking.)
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: 46222, 46218, 46221, 46240, 46226, and 46260.
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.
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)
- Haughville - Bring your friends and build a new club! Tuesday evening 5 to 8pm (volunteers age 14 and up).
- Central - This popular, well established club meets on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8pm (volunteers age 16 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)
- 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.)
- Warren Branch
- Exciting times are ahead for the Warren Branch as it undergoes a major renovation this summer. Come see the transformation as you work alongside the staff to prepare for special programs.
- Garfield Park Branch
- Keep the Garfield Park Branch looking sharp all summer! One or two volunteers are needed to water the flowers, weed the planting beds and keep the branch looking its best. Flexible schedule, but must be reliable. Knowledge of plant care is a must! Volunteers will bend, stoop, walk, lift & carry (up to 10 lbs.) - Adults please.
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 in the Fall.)
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:
- College Branch: Family Sponsor-A-Shelf volunteers will provide assistance to the staff by “adopting” a section of their choosing within the library and regularly (weekly / bi-weekly) conducting a “shelf read” of that section. Families will be recognized for their support by a shelf placard with their name. Traditional Collection Support volunteer roles are also available at College.
- East 38th Street Branch
- Haughville Branch
- Warren Branch: Major renovations at the Warren Branch this summer will increase the need for collection support volunteers. Books and shelves will be moved several times to allow the branch to stay open during the transformation.
Booksale/Indy Library Store
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. Please consider weeding your book collection and donating items to the Indianapolis Public Library. Materials can be dropped off at your local library branch, the Indy Library Store (2450 N. Meridian Street), or for large donations pick-up service can be arranged.
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, 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!
Current Group Projects. We’re working to integrate Lawrence Township into the Shared System before the start of School on August 4th AND modernizing the entire library collection by adding RFID tags to 1.3 million books! Your group can have a significant impact on literacy and access to library materials!
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.