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Library Hours, Mission & Overview

Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM - 8 PM Friday and Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Mission Statement

The Monticello-Union Township Public Library's mission is to enrich the community by connecting people to diverse experiences and resources.

Serving Our Community

MUTPL strives to serve the populations of Monticello, Union, and Jackson Townships and has done so for over a century. The totaled population of these areas is approximately 11,000 people. In the summer months our population swells by thousands with those visiting the lake area.

General Information

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Mission Statement
The Monticello-Union Township Public Library's mission is to enrich the community by connecting people to diverse experiences and resources.

Serving Our Community
MUTPL strives to serve the populations of Monticello, Union, and Jackson Townships and has done so for over a century. The totaled population of these areas is approximately 11,000 people. In the summer months our population swells by thousands with those visiting the lake area.

Staff and Departments
The Library Departments and Staff
Library Director:  Candace Wells

Our library has three major departments that make up the organization.
  • Circulation Department
    • Manager: Scott Miller
    • The circulation department handles everything dealing with library cards, loaning materials, fines, fees, charges, renewals, and holds on material.
  • Adult Services Department
    • Manager: Candace Wells
    • The Adult department manages the libraries print and non-print adult collections. This department also handles all interlibrary loan, homebound delivery, processing, suggestions for materials, and plans the adult and senior programs.
  • Youth Services Department
    • Manager: Tammy Criminger
    • The Youth Services department maintains the children and teen collections, both print and non-print. This department organizes children and teen programs.
Employment
The Monticello-Union Township Public Library is committed to equal opportunity employment. Applicants are sought from all qualified people, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, Veteran status, national origin, or ancestry.

Whether you are interested in current or future openings, you are invited to fill out an application for employment. Applications are available at the check-out/Circulation desks and will be kept on file for one year.

Click here to open and print out an application.


Evening Circulation Clerk
Part-time, evenings, $12.00 per hour
13 hrs/week, Monday-Thursday, Some Saturdays with the possibility of more hours as needed.

Must have a high school diploma/GED, basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be willing to learn new technologies.

For full job description, please download a copy here. All applicants must fill out the Library's application form. Please drop off an application in person, email, mail to the Monticello-Union Township Public Library or call Scotty Miller at 574-583-2665 ext 3304 with any questions. 


Circulation Clerk
Part-time, days, $12.00 per hour
21 hrs/week, rotating schedule, some Saturdays

We are looking for a part-time circulation clerk. Applicants should be available to work between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Specific duties include assisting library patrons with computer use, checking in and out library materials, registering new patrons for library cards, explaining library policies to patrons, and responding to telephone inquiries about library programs and services. A full job description can be found here.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be willing to learn new technologies.

All applicants are required to fill out the library's employment application form. Please drop off the application in person, email, mail to the Monticello-Union Township Public Library or call Scotty Miller at 574-583-2665 ext 3304 with any questions. 


Volunteers
MUTPL is always looking for interested individuals who are willing to devote a bit of time to helping out at the library. Volunteers are an irreplaceable asset to MUTPL. They help us with anything from putting away books and shelf reading to helping our at programs.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Monticello Public Library inquire at the circulation desk or call (574) 583-2665 to speak with Scott Miller, our volunteer coordinator and Circulation Manager.
Friends of the Library

The purpose of the Friends of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library is to establish a closer relationship between the library and the public. This non-profit organization promotes the knowledge of and advocates for the library’s services and needs. New members are welcome, through volunteering with the library’s various projects or by financial support to the group as due paying members.

The Friends support the library by funding activites, supplies, classes, projects, and equipment. Due to the support of the Friends group, the library was able to successfully host the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, the Broadway Art Show, Lego Leagues, and special presentations. 

Every year, the Friends hold used book sales to financially support the library. Friends volunteer their time to organize and set up each book sale. Donations from the community benefit these book sales and support the Friends mission to promote and support the library. If you would like to donate materials to the book sales, please contact the library at 574-583-2665 to ask if the library is accepting donations. 

The Friends of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library have set up their organization with AmazonSmile and Kroger to receive donations when you shop and make purchases at these participating stores. For information on how to set up those accounts, contact the library for a one-on-one instruction or you can download a copy of the Friends brochure for a guide on setting these accounts up. 

Friends of the Library Board

Friends President - Susie Ezra
Vice President - Marilyn Whitney
Secretary - Mary Sigman
Treasurer - Linda Zettee

Giving to the Library

Ways to Get Involved!

Would you like to support programming, services, and resources at the library? There are a few options for supporting the library through the Library Endowment Fund, Friends of the Library, Sponsorship, or direct donation.

Endowment Fund

In keeping pace with the community’s needs over the coming years, the library must provide services, resources, education, and opportunities for cultural enrichment. The Board of Trustees of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library has established an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of White County in an effort to enhance library services and provide cultural activities to the growing population of Monticello and White County.

Our meeting rooms are heavily used and the community may wish to add a theatre, art studio, music practice room, and more library space. To plan ahead for these services and to have the funds to operate an expanded facility, the Trustees have approved an Endowment Fund goal of $8,000,000 divided into three project areas. The interest would be used to supplement the tax supported budget and enhance library services, not to replace or lower tax support. There are three project funds set up for Adult Services, Children's, and Building and Grounds. The interest from these funds will be used to supplement the tax supported budget and enhance library services, not to replace or lower tax support.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes the knowledge of and advocates for the library’s services and needs. Every year, the Friends hold used book sales to financially support the library. Friends volunteer their time to organize and set up each book sale. Proceeds from the book sales benefit the library through programs, materials, supplies, and technology.

The Friends have set up their organization with AmazonSmile and Kroger to receive donations when you shop and make purchases at these participating stores. Simply shop at the link smile.amazon.com and login or create a new account then select Friends of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library from the selection of organizations to support. For the Kroger community rewards, you will need to visit krogercommunityrewards.com and login with your account or create a digital account linked to your Kroger card, then search for the Friends of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library enter the NPO number DP248 to add and save them to your account.

A brochure explaining more about the Friends group is available at the circulation desk or you can download a copy here. Become a Friend, Get Involved!

Sponorship and Donations

Businesses and individuals can provide support for programs, services, and resources through sponsorship or direct donation. The Library welcomes sponsorship from local businesses, corporations, families and individuals. Generous support from our sponsors helps the Library in its mission to provide programs and services, which benefit the entire community. Your monetary donation will help with technology needs, and extra supplies and materials for our regular programs such as story times, movie nights, painting classes, teen cooking and special programming. There are levels of sponsorship and recognition received for each monetary donation.

If you would like to learn more about any of these types of donations or have questions, please contact the Library Director at 574-583-2665 ext 3303 or email