Interested in Volunteering at the Library?

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Olathe Public Library. Volunteers are a vital part of the library. In 2016, 484 volunteers worked a remarkable 12,556 hours!

Volunteers must be at least 13-years-old or in eighth grade (if it is the summer, students going into the eighth grade will be accepted). Children second grade or older may volunteer with an adult as a family volunteer. No more than 2 children volunteers per adult, please.

After your application is received, you will be contacted by email when a volunteer job is available that is compatible with your schedule.  Applications are kept for six months.

Please submit your application here...take a moment to read over the volunteer job descriptions before filling out your volunteer application.

Please note: Court mandated community service cannot be completed at the Olathe Public Library.

For further information contact: Rita Patterson, or (913) 971-6879 

2017 Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teens, looking for summer volunteer opportunities? During the summer our teen department helps with Summer Reading Kick-Off and other programming, serves lunches at the library and works in the community garden. Opportunities are available for those entering 6th - 12th grade in the fall. Read more about opportunities just for teens and apply

2016 Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteer of the Year Recipients Announced

On Friday, Nov. 4, around 135 Olathe Public Library volunteers, families and staff attended a volunteer recognition reception at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 13511 S. Mur-Len Rd.  The NQC award was established in 1994 in honor of Nancy Chandler who was president of the library board and along with Olathe resident Rita Shelton, started the Homebound Program, now known as Library To You (LTY). Nominees for this award were submitted by library staff and advisory board.

The first recipient was teen volunteer Alexis Proctor who started volunteering in 2014.  She has been actively involved in the community garden, Mahaffie Trunk or Treat, Friends of the OPL book sales, Meet and Eat summer lunch program, summer reading kick-off as well as other library outreach events. She has worked 193 hours.

The second recipient is Robin Sundahl, a volunteer since December 2011.  She has assisted with shelving for close to five years at the downtown library, participated in outreach activities, including the Friends of the OPL book sales, and presently serves on the Friends Board as secretary.  During her tenure at the library, she has donated over 1,194 hours.


  Alexis Proctor (left) and Robin Sundahl (right) are the
  recipients of the 2017 Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteer