Volunteer at the Library

Interested in volunteering at the library?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Hamilton East Public Library. We are delighted you are considering joining our team of dedicated volunteers. To be considered, volunteer candidates are required to fill out an application, attend an in-person interview with the volunteer coordinators and provide a background check.

Below you can find the descriptions and functions of our four volunteer categories which are “Adopt the Library” Volunteers, Circulation Support Volunteers, Indiana Room Volunteers and Noblesville Youth Services Volunteers. If any of the descriptions are a match, please fill out an application below the description list. After filling out the application, an automated response will let you know that you’re being considered. Once your application is submitted, it will be kept on file for consideration.

We are currently only accepting volunteers for the Noblesville Library so please keep that in mind as you apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

"Adopt the Library" Volunteer Description

Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Light cleaning, such as dusting, wiping tables and interior glass, and cleaning computer screens and keyboards
  • Tidying public areas, such as pushing in chairs, straightening books on shelves, and picking up.
  • Replenishing pencils and scratch paper at computer stations
  • Cleaning book covers

Education and/or Experience:

Volunteers should enjoy working in an environment that serves all ages. Attention to detail and reliability are important in performing volunteer duties effectively.  Volunteers who want to be involved in making the library an exceptional destination in our community are best suited for this position.

Adopt the Library volunteers should be adults age 18 or older who have completed a limited background check and have completed training.  Families or service groups may be considered.

Volunteers upon completion of training and a reasonable time on task, should be able to retain procedures and processes and perform tasks independently with limited supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Customer Service – Promptly locates library staff to help patrons who have questions. Defer to library patrons who are using the library space.

Teamwork – Cooperates and works together with other library staff and volunteers. Demonstrates reliability and attention to detail.

Communication – Communicates ideas and thoughts clearly, accurately, and respectfully; listens to others and seeks to understand others’ perspectives.

Image – Portrays a positive image of the library. Follows the library dress code and behavior policies.

Physical Demands:

The volunteer frequently is required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit
  • Use hands and fingers to handle books, paper, technology
  • Speak and listen to others
  • See and read
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
Circulation Support Volunteer Description

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in locating items on the daily Pull list, Missing, or In-transit Reports
  • Maintain newspapers & magazines by straightening the areas.
  • Programming Assistance – Help staff prepare for and assist with programs.

Education and/or Experience:

Volunteers upon completion of training and a reasonable time on task, should be able to retain procedures and processes and perform tasks independently with limited supervision.  Attention to detail and reliability are important in performing volunteer duties effectively.

Volunteers should enjoy working in an environment that serves all ages and want to be involved in making the library an exceptional destination.

Circulation Volunteers should be adults age 18 or older who have successfully completed the application process that includes a limited background check and interview.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Customer Service – Promptly locates library staff to help patrons.

Teamwork – Cooperates and works together with other library staff and volunteers. Demonstrates reliability and attention to detail.

Communication – Communicates ideas and thoughts clearly, accurately, and respectfully; listens to others and seeks to understand others’ perspectives.

Adaptability – Open to change and variety in duties.

Image – Portrays a positive image of the library. Follows the library dress code and behavior policies.

Technical – Able to learn computer software to complete data-entry tasks.

Physical Demands:

The volunteer frequently is required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit
  • Use hands and fingers to handle books, paper, technology
  • Speak and listen to others
  • See and read
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
Indiana Room Volunteer Description

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Data Entry – Input data into databases, such as the cemetery, newspaper and yearbook databases.
  • Office Assistance – Copy and file material for vertical files.
  • Programming Assistance – Assist with genealogy programming, such as Genealogy After-Hours events.

Education and/or Experience:

Volunteers in the Indiana Room at Noblesville should enjoy working independently on projects that require concentration and attention to detail.

An interest in local history and genealogy is helpful for this position. Experience with data entry is preferred.

Indiana Room Volunteers should be adults age 18 or older who have successfully completed the application process that includes a limited background check and interview. Volunteers upon completion of training and a reasonable time on task, should be able to retain procedures and processes and perform tasks independently with limited supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Customer Service – Promptly locates library staff to help patrons.

Teamwork – Cooperates and works together with other library staff and volunteers. Demonstrates reliability and attention to detail.

Communication – Communicates ideas and thoughts clearly, accurately, and respectfully; listens to others and seeks to understand others’ perspectives.

Adaptability – Open to change and variety in duties.

Image – Portrays a positive image of the library. Follows the library dress code and behavior policies.

Technical – Able to learn computer software to complete data-entry tasks.

Physical Demands:

The volunteer frequently is required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit
  • Use hands and fingers to handle books, paper, technology
  • Speak and listen to others
  • See and read
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
Noblesville Youth Services Volunteer Description

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Programming Assistance – Preparing crafts, setting up and taking down for programs, replenishing craft supplies during programs, serving refreshments during programs, directing patrons during large events, and other duties related to programming for children, teens, and families.
  • Reading Program Assistance — Sorting, organizing, counting and replenishing prizes, explaining program to adults, teens, and children, using reading program software to register patrons and accurately record prize distributions, enthusiastically praising participants for their reading efforts, and other duties related to reading programs.
  • Collection and Physical Space Maintenance Assistance — Cleaning book covers, dusting, shifting shelves, checking shelves for items on reports, shelf-reading, shelving board books, tidying shelves and play areas, wiping tables and computer equipment, cleaning toys, replenishing crayons, and other duties related to keeping the physical space safe and welcoming.
  • Office Assistance — Copying, assembling packets, cutting scratch paper, cleaning and organizing supply storage areas, and other duties related to office assistance.

Education and/or Experience:

Volunteers in Youth Services at Noblesville should enjoy working in an environment that serves babies through age 19 and their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Attention to detail and reliability are important in performing volunteer duties effectively.  Experience working or volunteering in a child-centered environment is preferred.

Volunteers in Youth Services should be age 14 and above.  Volunteers upon completion of training and a reasonable time on task, should be able to retain procedures and processes and perform tasks independently with limited supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Customer Service – Welcomes patrons in Youth Services. Promptly locates library staff to help patrons. Provides prompt, attentive, and friendly customer service to participants of reading programs.

Teamwork – Cooperates and works together with other library staff and volunteers. Demonstrates reliability and attention to detail.

Communication – Communicates ideas and thoughts clearly, accurately, and respectfully; listens to others and seeks to understand others’ perspectives.

Adaptability – Open to change and variety in duties.

Image – Portrays a positive image of the library. Follows the library dress code and behavior policies.

Technical – Able to learn summer reading program software and other software as necessary for volunteer duties.

Physical Demands:

The volunteer frequently is required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit
  • Use hands and fingers to handle books, paper, technology
  • Speak and listen to others
  • See and read
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Would you like to volunteer at the Library?