Want to give back 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.
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.
- Location: Main Library and around Oak Park
- To become a special projects volunteer apply online or print an application.
Teen Service Club
Are you a teen? And a team player? Join us on Tuesdays during the school year as often as your schedule allows to help with a variety of projects, including working with library materials, crafting for library displays, and completing projects for local organizations.
- Location: Main Library
- To join the Teen Service Club (school year only) apply online or print an application.
Teen Summer Volunteer Program
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 studying Library Science, Museum Studies, or a related discipline? Do you want first-hand experience with historic materials? Current and recent undergraduate and graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Schedule mutually agreed on within business hours of Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Opportunities available in the Fall.
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. Learn more >
Board of Library Trustees
Elected community members volunteer their time to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Learn more >
Giving to your library
Your generosity helps the library continue to be free and accessible to all. Learn more>