Volunteering at the Library

Come join in the fun at the Indianapolis Public Library and be a part of the mission to enrich lives and build communities through lifelong learning! ! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for you, your family or group.

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.

Contact Indy Reads, a library partner organization, if you are Interested in providing basic literacy training / tutoring to illiterate and semi-illiterate adults.

Special Event Volunteering

The Library is always on the lookout for out-going 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!)

  • This fall 92.3 WTTS will be hosting  WTTS Rock to Read Runs presented by Kaplan University. Proceeds from these events (5k fun run/1m fun walk) will benefit children’s reading programs at the IndyPL branches. We’re looking for enthusiastic folks to help with t-shirt distribution, direct the runners on the course, man the water station, and even hand out medals at the finish line. Following each run, Sun King and WTTS will be there, along with the sponsors, for an after party. To volunteer (OR run/walk) click on the link below for the location/date that you prefer. Bring a friend and join the fun!

Saturday, September 24, Northside at Nora Branch Library (10am race)

Saturday, October 22, Downtown at Central Branch Library (10am race)

  • Sunday, September 25, Noon to 4:30p. Bob the Builder: Can we fix it, build it, read it? Yes we can! – An event for young people to try new activities at the Central Library including: Lego We-Do, Button making, constructive iPad play, and building activities. Bob the Builder will be on hand for Photos. Enthusiastic volunteers who love to play and have fun will be partnered with a staff member in an activity area to help guide the youth and their family members. Volunteers should have experience working with children and be able to meet, greet, answer questions, and steer parents and children toward activities. Training will be provided. Contact Wendy, wjohnson@indypl.org, if you’d like to come have some fun!

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: 46237, 46240, 46226 and 46218.

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.

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 during business hours at your local library branch, the Indy Library Store (2450 N. Meridian Street), or for large donations pick-up service can be arranged.

Minecraft Support

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).

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.

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:

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:

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.

Group/Team Projects

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!

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.