Volunteer Opportunities

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." -Henry Ward Beecher

Volunteer in the book sale room at Merrillville Branch! Volunteering at the Booksale Room!

Our volunteers are an important part of the Lake County Public Library family. Thanks to our volunteers, we're able to go above and beyond the library services provided by public funding.

Volunteers help us keep the booksale room open, allow us to offer a variety of classes thanks to their expertise, help keep the library beautiful, and so much more.

HOW: To start volunteering, just head to your local library and pick up an application.

Who Can Volunteer?


We're looking for anyone who wants to be a part of our team. Parents, grandparents, high school students looking for community service hours, retired people looking for something to do, gardeners, writers, doctors, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, teachers - these are all people who have given their time and talent to LCPL!

The need for volunteers throughout the library system is ongoing as the library evolves. There's always something new at LCPL -- may the next new volunteer be YOU!

What Can I Do?

Some specific volunteer opportunities:

  Adopt A Shelf: Pick a shelf and dedicate 1.5 hours/week to keeping it in order! This is especially important in our DVD collections.
  ESL Literacy Tutor: Help adults learn to speak, read, and write English as their second language. This requires 4 hours/week while classes are in session.
  Indiana Collection/Genealogy Volunteer: Help out in the Indiana room and assist patrons with local history and genealogy research.

Volunteers have also...

• barcoded books • sold used books • conducted programs/classes
• read to others • tutored for our literacy program • assisted with summer reading
• served on the Library Board, the Library Foundation Board and the Friends of the Library Board

Plus much more! There are countless ways to volunteer at the library. If you're not sure where you can help us the most, just give us a call - we'll help you find the spot that's best for you.

Benefits of Volunteering at the Third Largest Library in Indiana

And of course, you can't forget that after 100 hours of volunteer service (50 for teens!), you get a
gold or silver library card!

Have a question about volunteering? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 219-769-3541, ext. 315.