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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

There are so many ways to engage with The Library! Whether you’re looking for a chance to work with books or people, on your own or part of a group, learn about all the ways you can connect with The Library as a volunteer or intern!

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Internships

Our team is comprised of the same careers found in for-profit businesses (Human Resources, Communications, Project Management, IT, etc.) as well as supporting librarians, circulation staff, and program presenters at our 25 library branches. We can help provide the experience you need to explore these professions.

Note: Internships with IndyPL are unpaid.

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Indy Library Store

Love books? What to be part of a dynamic team supporting the library? Join Indy Library Store! Teams sort and price donations and discarded library materials, shelve materials, and prepare for 6 annual sales. Indy Library Store volunteers also work the sales as a greeter, tallier, or cashier. All proceeds go to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in support of the free programs offered by The Library.

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Special Events

Throughout the year The Library hosts several special events. “Meet the Artist” and “Fall Fest – Slammin’ Rhymes”, hosted by the African American History Committee, are crowd pleasers. Youth and their families also enjoy “Día Del Niño” each Spring as they visit with animals, do activities, and sing and dance to live music to celebrate language and literacy.

See our special event opportunities

Seasonal Projects

We have a variety of special programs that benefit from volunteer support. Our annual Summer Reading kicks off in June with preparations starting a year before! The Seed Library, begins packaging seeds in November/December to support local gardeners for the March planting season. Central Library hosts monthly Naturalization Ceremonies for our country’s newest citizens. Greet and direct guests. Multilingual skills a plus!

Learn more about our seasonal projects

Library Express

Library Express matches screened volunteers with Library users who are unable to visit their local library branches due to physical/medical limitations. Volunteers deliver Library materials to assigned patrons on a regular basis (every 3-4 weeks). This free service is available to meet both short-term and long-term needs and is open to all qualified Marion County residents. Interested in receiving home delivery services? Interested in delivering library materials to a patron?

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