Want to Volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities in our libraries change regularly. If you have a special talent or skill you would like to share with a neighborhood library, please contact your local library's manager to discuss your ideas. To volunteer at Central Library, please fill out the Volunteer at Central form.

There are also opportunites available with the Library's Friends groups and the Wisconsin Book Festival, and we have some great internships too! See below for details.

In addition, the library sponsors skill-building workshops for volunteers to expand their knowledge, no matter where they volunteer. Visit the Volunteer Toolbox to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of the Madison Public Library

Volunteer 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 for more details.

The Bubbler

If you are interested in volunteering with the Bubbler program's maker and arts activities or the Media Lab's instruction in technology, please visit the "Volunteers & Interns" page on the Bubbler website.

Wisconsin Book Festival

The Library needs volunteers like you to help put on the 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, check out the "Get Involved" page on the Wisconsin Book Festival website.


Madison Public Library works with internship students from many different disciplines.  Current internship opportunities include:

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.

Digital Media
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 arecurrently accepting applications for the 2016 Summer and Fall semesters.

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 2016 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 telias@madisonpubliclibrary.org.