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We appreciate your interest in volunteering or interning with The Indianapolis Public Library!

How to use this website to find volunteer or intern opportunities:

1. Current volunteer and intern opportunities are listed below. We have in-person roles available throughout the library system. If you do not see an opportunity listed for the library branch, event, or department you are interested in, it is because it is not currently available.

2. If you see a volunteer or intern opportunity that interests you please complete an application. When filling out the application, check which role(s) you'd like most. We'll connect you with the lead staff member(s). 

Want a quick one-time activity? Scroll to the bottom of the page for special projects and events!

If you don't see something that interests you, check back frequently. We post opportunities as they become available.

Questions? Contact Volunteer Resources by email at volunteer@indypl.org or by phone at 317-275-4046.

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Current Volunteer & Internship Opportunties

Administrative Support - Haughville Branch

Do you like variety? Administrative Support Volunteers assist the Library staff by performing clerical and supportive tasks which may include:

  • Retrieve voicemails and respond to calls from patrons
  • Monitor, respond, and direct emails from patrons
  • Organizing resources, such as computer reservation codes, bus route maps, bulletin boards, storage closets, etc.
  • Filing, scanning, and organizing records
  • Assembling "Take it-Make it" kits
  • Working with a Cricut or other cutting devices
  • Other duties specifically around the coordination of special events, or resource fairs

 

Location: Haughville Branch, 2121 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222

 

Time Commitment: 3 to 4 hours once a week during branch open hours. The volunteer and the branch volunteer coordinator will determine a schedule.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Branch Administrative Support Position Description

Collection Support at Central Library (age 18+)

Location: Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, mornings, each week. Ongoing roles will usually commit to 3-4 hours a week.

 

Age: Age 18+

 

Summary: Are you interested in supporting library staff with all those wonderful books? Then collection support might just be for you! The purpose of the collection support role is to provide valuable support to library staff to maintain the orderliness of the branch’s collection so guests and patrons may readily access desired material.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Collection Support Volunteer Position Description.

Collection Support at College Ave (age 14+)

Location: College Avenue Branch, 4180 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205

 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, flexible times. Looking particularly for Wednesday and Thursday support. Ongoing roles will usually commit to 3-4 hours a week.

 

Age: Age 14 & 15 with an adult, Age 16+ without an adult.

 

Summary: Are you interested in supporting library staff with all those wonderful books? Then collection support might just be for you! The purpose of the collection support role is to provide valuable support to library staff to maintain the orderliness of the branch’s collection so guests and patrons may readily access desired material.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Collection Support Volunteer Position Description.

 

Collection Support at East 38th St. (age 14+)

Location: East 38th Street Branch5420 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218

 

Time Commitment: Flexible hours. Ongoing roles will usually commit to 3-4 hours a week.

 

Age: Age 14 & 15 with an adult, Age 16+ without an adult

 

Summary: Are you interested in supporting library staff with all those wonderful books? Then collection support might just be for you! The purpose of the collection support role is to provide valuable support to library staff to maintain the orderliness of the branch’s collection so guests and patrons may readily access desired material.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Collection Support Volunteer Position Description.

 

Collection Support at Michigan Rd (age 14+)

Location: Michigan Road Branch, 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268

 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, flexible times. Ongoing roles will usually commit to 3-4 hours a week.

 

Age: Age 14 & 15 with an adult, Age 16+ without an adult

 

Summary: Are you interested in supporting library staff with all those wonderful books? Then collection support might just be for you! The purpose of the collection support role is to provide valuable support to library staff to maintain the orderliness of the branch’s collection so guests and patrons may readily access desired material.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Collection Support Volunteer Position Description.

 

Collection Support at Fort Ben (age 14+)

Location: Fort Ben Branch, 9330 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46216

 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, flexible times. Ongoing roles will usually commit to 3-4 hours a week.

 

Age: Age 14 & 15 with an adult, Age 16+ without an adult

 

Summary: Are you interested in supporting library staff with all those wonderful books? Then collection support might be for you! The purpose of the collection support role is to provide valuable support to library staff to maintain the orderliness of the branch’s collection so guests and patrons may readily access desired material.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Collection Support Volunteer Position Description.

 

Storytime Support at East 38th St (age 18+)

Location: East 38th Street Branch, 5420 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218

 

Program: Storytime and craft preparation & program reminder calls

 

Time Commitment: Thursday mornings.

This is an ongoing opportunity with the expectation of a minimum of 3 months commitment.

 

Summary: Do you enjoy being with people, especially youngsters, and maybe even teens? Then consider supporting the programs offered in the library. Storytime, game night, D &D, escape rooms, mystery nights, and so many others are offered for free to our community. 

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Program Support Volunteer Position Description.  

 

Storytime Support at Michigan Rd (age 18+)

Location: Michigan Road Branch, 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268

 

Program: Storytime - Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

 

Time Commitment: Pick a day (or two), Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:15a to 11:30a. Days may vary week-to-week. Confirm with the branch volunteer coordinator. 

This is an ongoing opportunity with the expectation of a minimum of 3 months commitment.

 

Summary: Do you enjoy being with people, especially youngsters, and maybe even teens? Then consider supporting the programs offered in the library. Storytime, game night, D &D, escape rooms, mystery nights, and so many others are offered for free to our community. 

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Program Support Volunteer Position Description

Game Night and D&D Support at Haughville (age 16+)

D & D and Family Game night at Haughville Branch needs you! Play, teach others, and have a great time volunteering.  

 

Location: Haughville Branch, 2121 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222

 

Program: D & D and Family Game Night

 

Time Commitment: Thursday, 4:00p-5:00p. Plan to come 15-30 minutes early and stay late to help with setup/cleanup. This is an ongoing opportunity with the expectation of a minimum of a 3-month commitment for continuity with our families and D & D group.

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Program Support Volunteer Position Description

Indy Library Store Material Processing (age 14+)

Location: Library Services Center, 2450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

 

Time Commitment: Volunteer work sessions are held on most Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons and evenings. The number of days and amount of time you work is up to you. Many volunteers choose one 4-hour work session a week; others work more.

 

Summary: Bookstore volunteers enhance the work of Indy Library Store and the Library by helping dispose of discarded, donated, and unwanted materials to create a fundraising opportunity for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. You may choose to volunteer on an ongoing basis during designated work sessions, opt to work during the store’s regular public sales, or both. The bookstore is closed to the public except during times of publicized book sales. There is no interaction with the public during volunteer work sessions.

 

Position Description: For details about this activity please see the Booksale Volunteer Position Description

Summer Reading Program Support at Franklin (Age 18+)

Location: Franklin Road Branch, 5550 South Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46239

 

Time Commitment:  Volunteers typically serve 2-4 hours a week on a regular schedule during business hours. The schedule is established by the volunteer and the branch volunteer coordinator.

 

Summary: The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is one of the largest programs conducted throughout the library encouraging reading for fun and entertainment among youth and adults. SRP Support is needed to aid staff with the influx of patrons, increased number of programs, and volume of books moving through the system. The program runs from Saturday, June 1 kickoff through August.

 

Position Description: For more details about this opportunity please see the SRP  Support Volunteer Position Description

Program Support at Fort Ben (age 18+)

Location: Fort Ben Branch, 9330 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46216

 

Program: Storytimes, Game Nights, LEGO block parties, and more!

 

Time Commitment: Pick a program (or two) to support regularly. 

 

This is an ongoing opportunity with the expectation of a minimum of 3 months commitment.

 

Summary: Do you enjoy being with people, especially youngsters, and maybe even teens? Then consider supporting the programs offered in the library. Storytime, game night, D &D, escape rooms, mystery nights, and so many others are offered for free to our community. 

 

Position Description: For more details about this role please view the Program Support Volunteer Position Description

Group or Team Service Project Interest

IndyPL has the ability, given ample time, to organize a variety of group service projects.

These might range from clearing the wetlands park adjacent to the East 38th Street Branch, preparing Bunny Book Bags for the Ready to Read program (canvas bags filled with picture books or board books), running games and activities at a branch Summer Reading Program kickoff party, or processing materials for Indy Library Store. 

Interested in arranging a group activity? Great! Please have your group leader complete the application and we'll get with you to discuss details. 

Returning for another project? Amazing! Contact volunteer@indypl.org and include your preferred date/time and number of volunteers in your group.

Intern - Public Relations - Summer, Fall and/or Spring

Intern Role: Public Relations. Write copy (press releases, monthly media releases, news for the Latinx community), attend community meetings to share library information, arrange media interviews, schedule appearances, and more. 

For more details take a look at the Public Relations Intern Position Description.

Time Frame: Summer, Fall, or Spring Semester. One semester commitment is requested. 15-20 hours per week. A second semester can be discussed.

Location: Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Academic Discipline: Human Resources, Management, Leadership, Video Production,  Communications, etc.

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Digital Content Development - Summer, Fall, or Spring

Intern Role: Digital Content Creation. Create training videos, games, and online informational material for staff, volunteers, and interns to understand IndyPL's culture, processes, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Time Frame: Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester. One semester commitment is requested. 15-20 hours per week.

Location: Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Academic Discipline: Video Production,  Communications, and others.

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Library Science at Fort Ben - Summer, Fall, or Spring

Fvailable. 15-20 hours per week. Summer Semester placements will also obtain in-depth experience with the Summer Reading Program.

Location: Fort Ben, 9330 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46216

Academic Discipline: Library Science

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Library Science at Glendale - Fall, Spring, or Summer

Intern Role: MLS/MLIS interns support branch staff who are conducting programs, providing patron information, and working directly with the system’s collection.

Tasks: For more details please review the MLIS Intern Position Description.

Time Frame: Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester. One or multiple semesters are available. 15-20 hours per week. Summer Semester placements will also obtain in-depth experience with the Summer Reading Program.

Location: Glendale Branch, 3660 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220 (New location as of March 30, 2024)

Academic Discipline: Library Science

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Library Science at College Ave - Summer

Intern Role: MLS/MLIS interns support branch staff who are conducting programs, providing patron information, and working directly with the system’s collection.

Tasks: For more details please review the MLIS Intern Position Description.

Time Frame: Summer Semester. One-semester commitment is requested. 15-20 hours per week. Summer Semester placements will also obtain in-depth experience with the Summer Reading Program.

Location: College Avenue Branch, 4180 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Academic Discipline: Library Science

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Library Science at Michigan Rd - Summer, Fall, or Spring

Intern Role: MLS/MLIS interns support branch staff who conduct programs, provide patron information, and work directly with the system’s collection.

Tasks: For more details please review the MLIS Intern Position Description.

Time Frame: Summer Semester. One semester commitment is requested. 15-20 hours per week. Summer Semester placements will also obtain in-depth experience with the Summer Reading Program.

Location: Michigan Road Branch, 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Academic Discipline: Library Science

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid but you'll learn a lot and have some fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

Intern - Summer Reading Program Coordinator - Spring and Summer

Summer reading for fun! The Summer Reading Program (SRP) runs from June through the start of August. Youth and Adults read for fun, track their minutes in the Beanstack app, and redeem points for prizes. We are fighting the "summer slump" for school-aged youth by encouraging them to pick up a book for entertainment. SRP is the largest program offered by IndyPL with planning occurring all year. 

Intern Role: Summer Reading Program Support. Be an integral part of the planning and execution of the Summer Reading Program. Help with the theme, prize section and distribution, branch decoration packaging, communication to branches, logistics, and much more. 

Time Frame: This is a two-semester internship; Spring and Summer. 15-20 hours per week.

Location: Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. (Free Parking.)

Academic Discipline: Early Education undergrad/grad, Library Science with interest in youth programming, and/or public librarianship

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid.

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Seed Library Coordinator - Fall and Spring

Solving Food Insecurity in Indy! Did you know IndyPL has Seed Libraries through Marion County where library patrons can "check out" veggie seeds? We combine this with free education on how to grow a garden - big or small, food preservation, and how to prepare food with fresh produce. Do you want to be part of the solution to solving hunger in Indy? Then support the Seed Library from behind-the-scene in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Intern Role: Seed Library Coordination. Use your project management skills working alongside our Seed Library expert to determine the seed varieties, order seeds, coordinate seed packaging parties at the branches, work with volunteer groups, restock branches' collections, and track & monitor Seed Library participation.

Time Frame: This is a two-semester internship beginning in the Fall and continuing in Spring. 15-20 hours per week.

Location: Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Academic Discipline: Project management, agriculture, social justice, food insecurity studies

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid. You'll learn a lot about launching a multi-site program and have fun along the way!

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead for this internship.

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Intern - Online Retail Marketing/Sales - Summer, Spring, and/or Fall

Indy Library Store goes online! The library conducts 6 in-person book sales a year. Currently, we are selling high-value items online through ABE books and Amazon, but the fees are cutting into profits. Therefore, Indy Library Store plans to open an online book store! All proceeds from the sale of materials go to the library foundation, which in turn, supports over 80% of the free programming offered to the public. Come be on the ground floor of a new funding avenue for the library! 

Role: Online Retail Marketing/Sales. The coordinator of Indy Library Store is interested in an intern with retail experience, online marketing, social media awareness campaigns, and is tech-savvy. The role will work closely with volunteers and staff to launch the site and develop processes and procedures. 

Time Frame: Start in Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester. 15-20 hours per week.

Location: Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Academic Discipline: Marketing, Communications, Software integration, Library Sciences

Age: 18+

Compensation: Library internships are unpaid.

Next Steps: Fill out a volunteer/intern application. The link is found in the upper right column. We'll connect you with the staff lead. 

For more information: email intern@indypl.org

We hope you'll consider an internship with The Indianapolis Public Library!

 

Seasonal Projects and Events

The Program team is an amazing group of talented staff who create, coordinate, and deliver free system-wide programs for our patrons and community. Concerts, author visits, The Seed Library, teen & youth programs, and of course, the largest program, the Summer Reading Program for youth and adults are among the activities generated by this great team.

Interested in helping to make the library a vibrant experience for all? Sign up for a project or event.  

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