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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 customers 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 volunteer positions listed, please call Danielle Gleason 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 Application here.

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. 

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

Audio Reading Service

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.

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 are required. Please contact the Audio Reading Service at (260) 421-1375, or with any questions.

Current Opportunities:

  • Current, up-to-date local news is our focus, and most important to our listeners! Read the Journal Gazette live, with a volunteer partner.

    Current Live Read openings:

    • Every Friday morning -- time commitment: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every fifth Sunday -- time commitment: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Read El Mexicano and More. With a newspaper and web presence motto of “The Respect of the Rights of Others is Peace,” El Mexicano and More covers local, national and world news and information for our Spanish speaking community. Content is read from hardcopy and tablet. Additional requirements: A weekly, one-hour commitment - we will work with your schedule; fluent in reading and speaking both Spanish and English.

    Lea El Mexicano y Más. Con el lema “el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz”, en su periódico y sitio web, El Mexicano cubre noticias locales, nacionales y mundiales, e información para nuestra comunidad hispanohablante. El contenido es leído en papel y en tableta. Requisitos adicionales: Un compromiso semanal de una hora – nosotros nos ajustaremos a su horario; leer y hablar tanto español como inglés fluidamente.