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 2015, 509 volunteers worked a remarkable 12,384 hours!

OPL volunteers provide a variety of support to the library. Please 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.

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.

Youth volunteers that complete 100 hours or more between 8th and 12th grades are eligible for the Friends of the Library's Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship. Read more here

Volunteer Opportunties at Indian Creek Library are temporarily suspended due to flooding.  We are relocating many of the IC volunteers to the Olathe Downtown Library.  You are welcome to submit your volunteer application, but in most cases, it will be put on a waiting list and reviewed when IC reopens and/or for summer positions.  Thank you for your interest in helping the library and for your patience.

For further information contact:
Olathe Downtown Library: Rita Patterson, rpatterson@olatheks.org or (913) 971-6879
Olathe Indian Creek Library: Madison Ediger, mediger@olatheks.org or (913) 971-6833


2015 Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteers of the Year

Last month, over 100 volunteers, their families and staff were recognized for their volunteerism in 2015.  
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteers of the Year.

The first recipient of the award is Earlene Smith, a long-term volunteer at the Olathe Downtown Library.  She began volunteering in July 2009 and since that time has accumulated a total of 1,415 hours by September of this year.  Earlene works several days a week, alphabetizing DVDs in preparation for shelving.

The second recipient of the award is Bill McIntosh, also a long-term volunteer at the Olathe Indian Creek Library.  He presently shelves materials that have been placed on hold by library customers. When he began his journey in September 2012, he volunteered one day a week, but now is a presence at OIC five days a week.  The library staff is grateful for his 1,213 hour contribution as of September of this year.

Each volunteer received an engraved clock and their names join past winners of this volunteer award on plaques in the entrances of both libraries.