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Volunteer at the Library

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Madison Public Library.

Volunteer Contact Info
Volunteer Opportunities
Where would you like to volunteer?

Current Openings at Alicia Ashman Library - 733 N High Point Rd

Alicia Ashman Library is looking for volunteers to do the following activities:

  • Fill book displays
  • Search and pull books for projects/displays
  • Help with ongoing programs (active, passive)
  • Create paper die-cuts for youth programs
  • Water plants
  • Straighten, front books/push book ends tight
  • Presort shelving cart
  • Read shelves for accurate order/pull for condition
  • Retrieve Picklist
  • Refill paper, pencils, cut paper, test markers
  • Search weekly/monthly Trace list
  • Withdraw processed items that have been weeded
  • New to old stickers
  • Some Shelving (mostly AV, audiobooks, magazines)

Current Openings at Central Library - 201 Mifflin St

Central Library is looking for volunteers to do the following activities:

  • Fill up publicly sited Little Free Libraries
  • Help with one-time events

Goodman South Madison Library - 2222 S Park St

Goodman South Madison Library is looking for volunteers to do the following activities:

  • No volunteer openings at this time

Current Openings at Hawthorne Library - 2707 E Washington Ave

Hawthorne Library has no current volunteer opportunities.  Please check back in the future!


Current Openings at Lakeview Library - 2845 N Sherman Ave

Garden Assistance

Contribute to the upkeep of the garden through weeding, watering, planting, and general maintenance tasks as needed, under the direction of Adult Services Librarian. Gardening experience required. Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week.


Flyer Distribution 

Check in with library staff once per week (Tuesday or Wednesday) to see if flyers are available to distribute. Deliver library flyers to approximately ten locations on the Northside, on a predetermined route. Time commitment: 1 hour/week.


Current Openings at Meadowridge Library - 5726 Raymond Rd

Meadowridge Library is looking for volunteers to do the following activities:

  • Seed Packing: Package seeds for the seed library. Measure out seeds. Fill, seal, and label packets. Record number of envelopes filled for each seed type. Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week.
  • Supporting the Friends of the Meadowridge Library: with book sales, bake sales, fundraising and other library advocating events. The Friends can be reached through their Facebook page.

Current Openings at Monroe Street Library - 1705 Monroe Street

Monroe Street Library does not have any current volunteer openings. Our Friends group, the Monroe Street Library League, is often looking for volunteers to help with book sorting and sales, though, and you can contact them on their Facebook page.

Film Monitor volunteer (adult, 2nd & 4th Friday evenings) Volunteer will receive technology training

Summer Only! Family Movie Mondays volunteer (adult, 2nd & 4th Monday evenings) Volunteer must be comfortable with technology (training provided!) and families.

Pinney Library - 516 Cottage Grove Rd


Current Openings at Sequoya Library - 4340 Tokay Blvd

Sequoya Library is looking for volunteers to do the following activities:

  • Assist library patrons with basic computer tasks (printing, adding an attachment to an email, formatting a Word document, etc.) 
  • Assist Friends of the Library with moving boxes of books from Sequoya Library to the Friends of the Library store at 6672 Odana Road in the Market Square Shopping Center
  • Assist Friends of the Library with moving donated books to the workroom, sorting books, and stocking sale shelves within Sequoya Library (around 1 time a week)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Kids' Club Support. Experienced D&D players needed to help support weekly sessions. This would include answering kids' questions on mechanics, and supporting our Dungeon Master.
  • Summer 2023 Teen Volunteers to assist with various tasks around the library like pulling books, cleaning books, dusting, creating kits, etc.
Describe which of the current openings you'd like to volunteer to do. Do you have an idea of something not listed here? Share your idea and if it intrigues us, we'll contact you!

Again- thank you for your interest. Volunteers that work at the library will receive a background check, fill out a more extensive contact sheet, get appropriate training, and receive invitations to volunteer recognition events. We appreciate you taking the time to apply!

Sometimes a potential volunteer's interests aren't reflected here. If that's the case, we suggest United Way of Dane County and RSVP of Dane County (The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) as other places to try. The Beacon, Dane County's day resource center for people experiencing homelessness, also uses volunteers.

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