Volunteer opportunities in our libraries change regularly. If you have a special talent or skill you would like to share with the library, please call your local library's manager to discuss your ideas.
Volunteer with Friends of the Madison Public Library
Support the library by volunteering at the Friends' Book Store, library book sales, or helping with special projects at the Central Library. Or contact your local library to find out more about their Friends group and volunteer options.
Current volunteer openings:
Friends' Shop Assistant. Work at the Friends of Madison Public Library used book shop. Duties include: customer assistance and cash handling, stocking shelves, cleaning, organizing and other duties as assigned. Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week. If interested, contact the Friends.
Intern at Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library works with internship students from many different disciplines. Current internship opportunities include:
Wisconsin Book Festival Intern (in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation)
Madison Public Library Foundation hires interns for the summer and fall semester to assist with the planning, running, and promotion of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Qualified candidates will have a passion for books and the public and have experience in either event management or print and online promotion. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Fall semester.
Library Studies Graduate Students
Want to gain valuable experience working in an urban public library? Madison Public Library accepts 1-5 practicum students per semester from the UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies as well as distance education programs in Library Studies if students are based in Madison. Contact your school's advisor or the library for more information.
Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations
We accept internship applications from graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of communications, marketing, public relations, and business management. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Fall semester.
We accept internship applications from graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of digital media creation including audio engineering, video production, animation, graphic design, and computer programming. We also have volunteer opportunities for professionals working in these fields. Opportunities include teaching classes or working at the Central Library's Media Lab. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Fall semester.
Intern with the internationally-recognized Bubbler program at Madison Public Library! We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about art, makerspaces, and public events from the fields of library science, education, and art. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Fall semester.
Yahara Music Library
Gain practical experience in aspects of music licensing, online music platforms, and marketing a local music collection within a public library setting while helping to raise awareness of the Yahara Music Library , created in partnership with Murfie Music and Rabble. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Fall semester.
For more information on internships, or to discuss other internship opportunities, please contact Tana Elias, Digital Services & Marketing Manager, at 608-266-4953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer at the Central Library
Data Entry Assistant. Help the library's marketing department with data entry. Duties include: transcribing data from paper forms, registration cards, or surveys into electronic format; adding events into online event calendars, preparing event lists for email newsletters. Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week. Some work can be done remotely once training period is over. If interested, contact Tana Elias at 608-266-4953 or email@example.com to discuss the position further.
Wisconsin Book Festival Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities also exist with the library-run Wisconsin Book Festival in September and October of each year. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with this four day festival, please view the Wisconsin Book Festival's volunteer opportunities.
We appreciate your interest in Madison Public Library!