Volunteer

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.  Volunteers also sought for special book sales on Saturday, September 27 and Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18.

 

Intern at Madison Public Library

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 Jane Roughen, Public Services Manager, at 608-266-8685 or jroughen@cityofmadison.com, 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.  For more information on available opportunities, contact Tana Elias, Digital Services & Marketing Manager, at 608-266-4953 or telias@scls.lib.wi.us. 

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.  For more information on available opportunities to teach classes in these areas or volunteer/intern in our Central Library Media Lab, contact Trent Miller, Library Program Coordinator, at tmiller@scls.lib.wi.us.

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 telias@scls.lib.wi.us to discuss the position further.

Special Events Assistant. Work at the library or in the community with library staff to promote the library's services, collections and spaces.  This opportunity is occasional, with a varying time commitment of 4-12 hours per month. Seasonal opportunities also exist. Duties include: staffing information booths, handing out materials or giveaway items, helping run activities at events, and preparing materials or supplies for events. If interested, contact Tana Elias at 608-266-4953 or telias@scls.lib.wi.us 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!