Special Event Volunteering
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.
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.
Decatur Summer Reading Program support
Shifts on Monday - Saturday
East 38th Street Teen Advisory (Teen volunteers only)
East 38th Street Toddler Story Time
Michigan Road Summer Volunteer (Teen volunteers only)
Pike Teen Advisory (Teen volunteers only)
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. - 6:00 p.m.
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.
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 Book Club Bag processing
Flexible shifts through May
4 hour shifts, 6-8 volunteers
Library Services Center Bookmobile Summer Reading Program Book Processing
Flexible shifts during the last two weeks of May
4 hour shifts, up to 15 people
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