Skip to main content

How To Help


Book shelver

There are few experiences in the library more frustrating than going to the shelf to find a book that the catalog says is available, only to discover that the item is not where it’s supposed to be. Our volunteer shelvers are the first line of defense against those pesky misplaced books!

This program is intended for those seeking a long-term, weekly volunteer opportunity.

Members of the volunteer shelver team shelve library materials in their proper place, check the shelves to ensure that they are in order, and sort carts of materials to be shelved. Training is provided.

Qualified candidates for the Volunteer Shelver Program will be:

  • At least 16 years of age;
  • If 18 and older, able to obtain Pa. State Police Criminal Record and Pa. DHS Child Abuse History clearances, as well as sign a disclosure statement (for those residing continuously in Pa. for the past 10 years) or obtain FBI Criminal History clearance (for all others), before starting service;
  • Able to accurately arrange English-language materials alphabetically and numerically;
  • Able to push and pull moderately heavy loads and to kneel, bend, climb, and stretch frequently;
  • Detail-oriented, precise, reliable, responsible, and able to work independently;
  • Willing to commit to at least one year (or one academic year for students) of volunteer service; and
  • Available for a 2-hour shift one or two afternoons and/or evenings a week (excluding weekends).

For questions regarding the Volunteer Shelver Program, email

Our Impact This Year

  • People with Library Cards


  • Items borrowed


  • Program Participants


  • Dollars Raised


© 2024 Indiana Free Library

Powered by Firespring