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Volunteer Services

The purpose of the Volunteer Services Department is to empower individuals to the productive use of their talents, skills and gifts in providing the highest level of quality service to the patrons of the Allen County Public Library.

Adopted July, 1994
Revised October,1996

Current Opportunities 

Do you want to give back to the library?  The Friends of the Allen County Public Library are looking for volunteers to help with our Twice Sold Tales used book store. Volunteers sort discarded books and place them on shelves for the public to buy. All proceeds from the book sale go back to the Friends of the Library and is used to fund staff training and many various library programs. Volunteers are currently needed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays - prefer mornings, but early afternoons can work.

Early literacy requires that children experience talking, reading, writing, singing and playing. That is what happens during storytime at the Aboite Branch. We are looking for volunteers to assist our librarian with our storytimes both before and after storytime. You will be assisting the librarian with room set-up and teardown, handing out supplies during storytime, welcoming customers, and counting attendance.  Adult or mature teen available during the times listed:

  • Mondays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Baby Storytime
  • Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Toddler Storytime  
  • Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Family Storytime
We would like for this volunteer to be able to make this a six month or more commitment due to the amount of training involved.

Are you a math whiz? Our Teens Department is in search of volunteers to assist middle and high school students with homework from September - May. Math is the number one subject for which students come to us with questions. Volunteers must be able to explain math concepts to middle and high school students. We ask that volunteers have knowledge in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Volunteers also assist with many other subjects such as science, social studies and English.  If you are interested in assisting students with homework, have the necessary knowledge and or training, are able to communicate clearly, maintain an approachable manner, actually like teenagers and successfully complete a criminal record check, then Homework Help is the volunteer position for you! We are looking for volunteers to start this fall at the Main Library in the Teens Department


Enjoy reading aloud, and empowering others?

The Audio Reading Service broadcasts the live reading of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and we broadcast the recorded readings of over 65 other publications such as Fort Wayne Business News, Prevention, People, Consumer Reports, and The New Yorker.

Our target audience is listeners of all ages who have visual, physical, learning, or language challenges to reading traditional print.

Current Opportunities:

  • Are you a Pop-Culture Junkie? Read Entertainment Weekly! You and listeners will keep up with celebrity interviews, Broadway theatre, movie reviews, top-chart music and much more! A weekly one-hour commitment  - we will work with  your schedule.

  • Current, up-to-date local news is our focus! Read the Journal Gazette live, with a volunteer partner, every Tuesday morning. The time commitment: 8:00 am -11:00 am

If your skills and passions match our needs, we’d love to have you join our audio reading team of ACPL volunteers! An interview and audition is required. Please contact the Audio Reading Service at (260) 421-1375 or with any questions.

Lights, camera and action! Do you think of the world in pictures? Do you like to take photos? You might be interested in learning how to run a studio camera? We need volunteers to serve as studio camera operators for Access Fort Wayne at the Main Library. You’ll get to know what happens behind the scenes and be part of the action! This position entails assisting the producer in arranging props and chairs on the set in preparation for production; operating the camera and giving cues to talent during a production according to the instructions of the director; and assisting with putting the props away after the production. Volunteers must be available to work at least one production every three months. Camera operators may be assigned on a regular basis or on a flexible schedule as contacted via telephone by producer. You have to have some stamina – this position involves continued standing and operating of camera controls. If you are interested in volunteering as a studio camera operator, you must have successfully completed the studio camera operator workshop through Access Fort Wayne; be able to maintain professional behavior at all times of volunteer activity; and have successfully completed a criminal history check.

For more information on any of the positions listed above or to schedule an interview, please call Sandy Screeton, Volunteer Services Manager at (260) 421-1233. 

Volunteering at the ACPL


Volunteers are essential to the function of the ACPL. (From the opening of the library in 1895, volunteers have played vital roles at the Allen County Public Library. Each year over 1000 individuals give of their time and talents to assist staff in the delivery of quality service to patrons at the Main Library and all thirteen branches. The priority of the Volunteer Services department is to ensure a win-win situation for both volunteers and staff that will result in positive, satisfying experiences.)


For more information on any of the positions listed above or to schedule an interview, please call Sandy Screeton, Volunteer Services Manager at (260) 421-1233 or e-mail her at



What kind of opportunities are available?

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the library that may suit your interests and our needs

How much time do I have to commit?

From weekly commitments, to assisting monthly, to one-time special events, or volunteering as a family unit.

How old do I have to be?

If you are 13 years or older, you may apply to be a volunteer at the ACPL. Individuals under the age of 18 must obtain parental/guardian permission.

How do I apply?

You can find our Volunteer Applicationhere.

What is the application process?

If your interests and skills match our needs, an interview will be scheduled which will include filling out an application, discussing time commitments, and going over other aspects of volunteering.