Volunteer Application

Volunteer at the Library

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have very limited opportunities at this time. For many of the volunteers that were volunteering pre-pandemic, we look forward to a time in the future when we can welcome you back. As our services continue to evolve, we will review when and how to bring volunteers back onsite. Thank you for your service and patience.

We are fortunate to have volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and energy to a variety of long-term and short-term commitments. Opportunities range from volunteering in the children’s and teen spaces, digital creativity center, and the Friends of the Library Bookstore, to tutoring adult learners, to the maintenance of the collection, and much more.

We are placing a very limited amount of volunteers at this time. If you choose to fill out a volunteer application, please note that it may be held until we are able to accommodate your request. Thank you for your understanding. As opportunities arise that match your interests and availability, someone will contact you. If you have questions about volunteering, please call the Library’s Volunteer Coordinator, Loraine Martin, at 812-349-3060 or email lmartin [at] mcpl.info (subject: Volunteering%20at%20the%20Library) .

Work or Volunteer Experience
Choose all the times you are available to volunteer NOTE: Volunteer needs vary by department. Set schedules may or may not apply.

Administration - Volunteers provide clerical assistance.
Children's Services - Volunteers supervise the Learn and Play Space, assist with programs and help maintain the collection.
Community Access Television Services (CATS) - After completing training, volunteers will assist staff with electronic equipment in CATS Master Control and Dub Rooms. Volunteers will also serve as department receptionist/switchboard operators, and monitor the audio and video signals of the CATS network.
Ellettsville Branch - Volunteers help keep library shelves in order (training required), assist with library programs, clean materials and/or grounds.
Facilities - Volunteers assist with maintenance and cleaning. Friends of the Library Bookstore: Possible volunteer positions include straightening shelves, working as a cashier and boxing books.
Homebound Delivery - Volunteers select materials for and deliver to the same pre-assigned homebound patron each month.
Level Up - Volunteer to help with or lead a Level Up program.

Literacy Tutoring for Adults (VITAL) - VITAL welcomes volunteers to assist with: adult basic literacy and ESL tutoring, English conversation groups, office assistance and fundraising. No experience is required; training will be provided.
Seed Library - Packaging of seed packets, assistance with library gardens.
Teen Services - Be a teen tech volunteer, Math Homework Help tutor or mentor program volunteer.

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Children's Services
Community Access Television Services (CATS)
Ellettsville Branch
Friends of the Library Bookstore
Homebound Delivery
Level Up
Literacy Tutoring for Adults (VITAL)
Seed Library
Teen Services
Other (please describe)
Additional Level Up Services Question
Please indicate special skills or interests you would like to share.
Additional Tutor Volunteer Questions
Additional Teen Services Question
For Minors (Teens Under 18)
Parent name and email address required as a form of consent for teens under 18 to volunteer.
The library conducts background checks relevant to the responsibilities of the volunteer position assignment. All volunteers are required to have a background check in order to volunteer with the library.

Please note that the existence of a conviction record will not necessarily bar a volunteer applicant's acceptance in the library volunteer program.  We need to verify that you do not have a history of serious criminal action and that you do not engage in behavior that might jeopardize your safety or that of others.

I certify that I have made true, correct and complete answers and statements on this application in the knowledge that they may be relied upon in considering my offer to volunteer.  I understand that any omission or falsely answered statements made by me on this application, or in any supplemental information, will be sufficient cause for failure to be placed, or for my discharge, should I become a volunteer with Monroe County Public Library.

Check the box if you agree to the above statement. Acceptance of this application does not guarantee that you will be placed as a volunteer.