*** Update:
We are no longer signing up new volunteers.  Thanks to all volunteers for your work over the years.

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative relies on its volunteers to keep the organization thriving and to extend our community. Volunteers participate in all aspects of managing and operating the store and receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases!

If you see a role you’re interested in (or have one in mind that isn’t listed), please email us at contact@rainbowbookstore.coop.


  • Online Presence

    We’re looking for volunteers to help maintain our website and maintain our presence on social media. This kind of work is perfect for people who want to contribute but aren’t able to physically at the store.


  • Events Staffing

    Rainbow tries to keep a community presence by tabling for visiting scholars and activists, at conferences, and at other community events. Volunteers can help to identify upcoming events that Rainbow could sell books for and/or table at the event to sell books and share information about what Rainbow does.

  • Books to Prisoners

    Rainbow houses two Books to Prisoners projects, LGBT Books to Prisoners and Wisconsin Books to Prisoners, which are always in need of volunteers to respond to prisoners, verify contact information, match requests, package books, organize book and fund drives, and otherwise keep the projects running smoothly.

  • Madison InfoShop

    The InfoShop is a volunteer-run collective dedicated to serving the Greater Madison/Southwest Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin communities; they’ve maintained a small kiosk at Rainbow for the past few years and are currently in the process to moving the entire project to Rainbow. The Infoshop offers a range of resources including a lending library, community organizing and activist resources/tools, and an activist calendar, and is always in need of volunteers to maintain the space, work on cataloging/archiving, and otherwise keep things running.

Volunteer Application