Volunteer

Want to connect with others, support your public library, and make your community a better place? Our vision is to empower every voice in our community, and our mission is to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations.

Opportunities for support

Item Finding Volunteers

Do you love books? Are you detailed-oriented? Get trained to use lists to hunt for items on library shelves. This role may involve reaching, bending, reading small print, and using alphabetical and numerical codes.

Shelf Organizing Volunteers

Do you love books? Are you detailed-oriented? Get trained in how to make sure items are in order on library shelves and readily available for customers. This role may involve reaching, bending, reading small print, and sorting alphabetically and numerically.

Social Change Theatre Project (for teens)

Are you a teen? And a team player? Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm during the school year as often as your schedules allows. Learn improv techniques and help create a piece to perform at the library and elsewhere. All teens (ages 13-18) welcome.

  • Location: Main Library
  • To join, arrive on Tuesday afternoons, through December 11.

Special Projects Volunteers

Do you like talking with people? Do you need a flexible schedule? Sign up to help with special projects or events at the library or in the community.

Youth Advisory Council

Are you a young person passionate about libraries? This council guides decisions about library events and books for young people.

Special Collections Volunteers

Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student studying Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Museum Studies, or Public History? Special Collections volunteers research reference requests, rehouse incoming materials, provide basic labeling and metadata, perform stacks maintenance, and, on occasion, assist with outreach. Schedule mutually agreed on within business hours of Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Tutoring and Mentoring

If you enjoy supporting young adults ages 12-17, are able to tutor at least one academic subject, and are willing to learn, consider helping with IMLS-Triton College Activating Community Opportunities: Emerging Leaders Network, a partnership between Triton College, Oak Park Public Library, and the Equity Team of Oak Park.

More ways to help

Friends of the Library

Volunteer with the Annual Book Fair or become a board member for the Friends of the Library »

Board of Library Trustees

Elected community members volunteer their time to serve on the Library Board of Trustees »

Giving to your library

Your generosity helps the library continue to be free and accessible to all. Give now »

Volunteer application