Volunteers assist in a variety of ways including pulling materials from the shelves, maintaining special collections and/or periodical sections, and assisting with special projects or displays, to name a few. The volunteer time commitment can be as little as two (2) hours a week.
Certain branches need volunteer assistance with programs, projects, and special events. The volunteer time commitment depends upon the activity.
Central Library Family Game Night
Shift on Mondays 4:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Central Library History Lover in the Indianapolis Special Collections Room
Shifts on Monday- Fridays during business hours
Central Library Multimedia Workshop (robots, virtual reality, coding, and more) in the Learning Curve
Shifts on Mondays- Saturdays 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Central Library Volunteer Resources administrative support
Flexible shifts Monday- Friday during business hours
College Avenue, Storytime
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
East 38th Street Teen Advisory (Teen volunteers only)
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Administrative Support
Experience needed. Flexible Shifts Monday- Friday during business hours
Pike Teen Advisory (Teen volunteers only)
Outreach, Library Services Center
Shifts one time a week for 2-4 hours
The Library is always on the lookout for outgoing 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.
Current opportunities: None currently. Please visit this page soon for upcoming opportunities.
Indy Library Store is looking for book sale volunteers! 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 five times a year.
Indy Library Store is located at 2450 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 in the Library Services Center.
Shifts on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sale Support during the 5 sales each year
Book Sale Schedule
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 email account, and other general computer functions. (Adult volunteers only, please.)
Shifts on Monday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and
Friday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons and evenings
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 during days of service. Contact us and let us know how we can help you design a project for your team.
Library Services Center, Digital Transcription Blitz
Up to 10 adult volunteers
Pike Branch, Spruce up for a healthier environment
Up to 8 volunteers
Can’t leave home or the office, but still want to help? Volunteers, age 14 and up, are asked to electronically transcribe, tag, and increase the overall value of the digital collections. 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 collections, then contact us when you’re ready to get started!
The Library Express Program utilizes volunteers to select and deliver Library materials for patrons who are homebound. The volunteer time commitment averages two to four (2 to 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.
Many companies in our community have a matching gift program. Sometimes that includes volunteer time. Check with your 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.Learn More