Volunteering at the Library

Spring is here!

Come. Join in the fun!  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.

A special “Thank you!” to the recent groups of volunteers who generously supported the library: Junior League of Indianapolis, Rotary Club – Indy-Metro, Lilly, IUPUI Academics for Civic Engagement, Butler Alpha Phi Omega, and Butler Delta Delta Delta.

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.

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!)

  • Indy Book Fest 2018, Saturday, June 16, Central Library. Two volunteer shifts: 9a to 12:30p and Noon to 4p. This lively and interactive event will occur throughout the Central Library, including the East Garden.  Volunteers will assist guests with way-finding, registration and provide information. Participation in the event is welcome before or after shift. Free parking provided. FMI about the event.

Program Support

Certain branches need volunteer assistance with programs, projects, and special events. The volunteer time commitment depends upon the activity.

  • East 38th Street Branch (map)
    Program/Classroom Assistant Volunteers (as scheduled). Toddler Story Time!
  • Fountain Square Branch (map)
    Feeling creative? You could be our super hero! The branch has several street facing display windows and bulletin boards that need to be decorated for the Summer Reading Program which begins in June. The theme – Everyday Super Heroes! This project must be completed by Memorial day.
    Art of tidying help needed to sort, purge and clean the various storage nooks in the branch – including the basement! This is a short-term project of 5-10 hours.
  • Garfield Park Branch (map)
    Summer Movies! Do you love movies? Support the staff with set-up/clean-up for 5 movies this summer and enjoy the show! All shows are held at the Burrello Center in Garfield Park at 2:15p. Dates are June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, and July 17. This would be a great opportunity for a couple of mature teens.
  • Pike Branch (map)
    Teen Advisory: Teens, ages 14 and up to serve on the Teen Advisory. Assist with library programs, library functions and provide feedback on teen services and materials.
  • Central Library (map)
    The Learning Curve is interested in volunteers to help our young patrons and guests on Sundays for ‘Robots After Noon’ from 12:30 to 3:30p. A general interest in robots is needed we’ll teach you the rest.
  • Central Library (map)
    Are you into organizing and cleanliness? Learning Curve staff would love to meet you! Help sort, clean and organize the activity materials that are used frequently, such as LEGOs, craft supplies, and story time toys. Add library brand stickers and stamps to paperback books. Weekday mornings for a few hours each week.
  • Haughville Branch (map)
    Tuesday Craft Night: leaders needed for one evening a month, generally the second Tuesday.
    Wednesday LEGO night:  support the club, the last Wednesday of the month in the evening.
  • Library Services Center (map)
    Pending openings, let us know if you’d like to be on the wait list. The Public Collection: Monument Circle Installation – Once a week. Volunteers will work with Outreach staff to curate the collection by delivering free books to The Public Collection site on Monument Circle, tracking book counts and talking with the public about the project. Must have own transportation to carry boxes of books; lifting up to 15 lbs.

Collection Support


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.



Collection Support volunteer positions open at the following locations:

Public Computer Support

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.)

Share your computer skills at one of the following branches:

Group/Team Projects

We welcome volunteer groups to engage with the Library in a variety of ways including  sprucing up a branch, conducting a book/supply drive, 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 Resource Office at 317-275-4046, or use our Volunteer Opportunities email contact form. We look forward to collaborating with you!

  • Library Service Center (map): Outreach
    Indoor Project – Process books for the upcoming Summer Reading Program (SRP).  Team of 6-10 volunteers for 3-4 hours during business hours in May.
  • Spades Park Branch Library (map)
    Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party in the Park – Outdoor/Indoor – Friday, June 1st.  Join in the fun by supporting staff with the party – crafts and activity stations, set-up/break-down, etc.  followed by a movie in the library community room.
  • Central Library (map), Center for Black Literature & Culture
    The new collection is growing! Help keep the shelves in order by running inventory with our new RFID system, straighten books and create book displays. 4-8 volunteers for a 3-4 hour shift during the business week.
  • Indy Library Store (map)
    Conduct a gently used Book Drive to help fill the book sale’s shelves.  For more information contact Wendy at wjohnson@indypl.org.

Digital Collection Transcription – A Virtual Opportunity for 1 to 100+.

Can’t leave home or the office, but still want to help? The purpose of this collection is to provide access to digital images and recordings of cultural and historical interest to Indianapolis residents as well as students, researchers and others. Volunteers, age 14 and up, are asked to electronically transcribe, tag, and increase the overall value of the digital collection. Consider transcribing audio stories of our Indianapolis neighbors as part of the Families Talk program, identifying locations of antique Indianapolis postcards on a map or similar projects. This opportunity can be completed in your home, place of work, classroom, or in our computer lab (max 12 people). We’ll provide training. Check out the digital collection, then contact us when you’re ready to get started!

Book Sale/Indy Library Store

Donate Gently Used Books:  Please consider weeding your book collection and donating gently used 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.

Volunteer:  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.

Library Express: Deliver to Patrons at Home

The Library Express program utilizes volunteers to select and deliver Library materials for patrons who are home-bound. The volunteer time commitment averages 2-4 hours a month.

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.

Increase Your Impact

Many companies in our community have a matching gift program. Sometimes that includes volunteer efforts. For example, one of our volunteers has an employer who donates $500 a year to the IndyPL Foundation if they log 20 volunteer hours or more in the Book Sale. Check with your (and your spouse’s) employer to find out if you qualify for an employer matching program. For additional information about matching gifts, please contact The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation at 317-275-4700 or at foundation@indyplfoundation.org