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Current Volunteer Opportunities

NEW! On-Call Volunteer Crew

Job Description | Online Application

Do you love the Library and wish to volunteer but are too busy to make a weekly commitment? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Join our On-Call Volunteer Crew and lend a helping at at our special programs and events. Crew Members are contacted on an as-needed basis and are welcome to sign up as frequently or infrequently as they wish. Volunteers assist with a wide range programs including Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, Teen Job Fairs, Educational and Literacy Programs, Author Visits, Children's Performances, Cultural Celebrations, and more!

Upcoming Volunteer Crew Member Opportunities

  • Hamilton the Festival at Tippecanoe - June 30, 2018
  • Slime Science at Zablocki - July 10, 2018
  • Science of Slime at Atkinson - July 16, 2018
  • Slime Science at Villard Square - July 17, 2018
  • Sphero Obstacle Challenge at Zablocki - July 25, 2018


NEW! Summer Children's Volunteer

Online Application
June - August 2018 | Various Dates
Various Locations

You can help MPL fight summer brain drain by donating your time as a volunteer at our weekly children's programs throughout the summer!  Over 10 years ago, we launched our Summer Reading Programs as a way to fight learning loss throughout the summer months. The only problem is, our programs have become so popular we need extra help accommodating all the children that want to learn!

Lend a helping hand and ensure all our little patrons have an ed-cellent time this summer by assisting the children's librarians, helping with event setup, and preparing crafts and projects. From weekday afternoons to weekend mornings, there's something for everyone. Apply today and help Milwaukee youth stay on the right track for success.


Memory Cafe Assistant 

Online Application | Complete List of Dates
April - December 2018
Various Dates and Locations

You can enrich the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss as a Memory Cafe Volunteer Assistant.

Running April - December 2018, MPL will be hosting monthly Memory Cafes in the afternoon of the third Tuesday of every month at rotating locations. Each cafe will offer a fun, interactive program for individuals and their caregivers along with refreshments. Volunteers will provide vital support by greeting attendees, registering individuals, assisting with refreshments, and participating in the program. Upcoming themes include Board Games, Gardening, Ice Cream Social, Rhythm for Unity Drum Circle, Comfort Cooking, and much more.


Adult Drop-In Tutor


Job Description | Online Application
Multiple Locations

You can help adult learners in our community! Our Adult Tutors provide valuable support to individuals seeking assistance in a variety of short and long term projects including writing essays, filling out forms, reading books and paperwork, completing homework assignments, and preparing for High School Equivalency and College Entrance Exams. No teaching experience required. We provide the training and the tools. You provide the outgoing personality and drive to help others. Minimum 18 years old. Two hour per week commitment.

Our Adult Tutoring program is offered as a drop-in service, meaning there are no appointments and tutors are not matched with specific individuals. Tutors help all patrons who show up looking for help on a first come, first served basis.

Computer Coach

Job Description | Online Application
Multiple Locations

You don't have to be a computer whiz to be a Computer Coach at the Milwaukee Public Library! Computer Coaches can make a real difference in a person's life by helping them improve their computer literacy abilities, an essential life skill in our increasingly modern world. Coaches work one-on-one with adult learners on a variety of beginner-level computer tasks including writing emails, utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite, creating online accounts, filling out online forms, maneuvering websites and search engines, and printing and scanning on MPL public devices.

No teaching experience required, just a passion for technology and helping people in your community. Minimum 18 years old. Two hour weekly commitment. Flexible schedule, arrange coaching times based on your availability.

Our Computer Coach program is offered as a drop-in service, meaning there are no appointments and Coaches are not matched with specific individuals. Coaches help all patrons who show up looking for help on a first come, first served basis.

Bookseller Volunteer

Job Description

Volunteer(s) will sort, stock, categorize, and shelve materials for purchase. Maintain store appearance, assists customers, operate cash register and performs other tasks. This volunteer position is managed by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

Docent Volunteer

Job Description | Docent Application Form

If you are a library enthusiast and are looking for a new venture, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee’s historic Central Library. Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and an official Milwaukee landmark, Central Library is an architectural jewel which showcases detailed craftsmanship, ornate decoration, and fascinating special features. This volunteer position is managed by the Friends of  the Milwaukee Public Library.