King Library Tour Docents

various artworks found in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is home to a collection of Mel Chin's artworks called "Recolecciones." With 34 sculptural pieces spread throughout all levels of the Library, there is a lot of room for exploration. Help new and returning visitors discover these hidden gems while highlighting the various resource areas on our public floors. Multilingual speakers are highly desired and encouraged to apply.

Benefits of Becoming a King Library Docent

Docents receive comprehensive training on Library history and art collection Recolecciones. In addition to gaining experience as a tour guide, Docents help foster lifelong learning by introducing customers to Library services and resources. Leading public tours is a fun way for Docents to meet and network with diverse groups of people.

Reasons to join the docent team: 

  • Learn about the hidden treasures of the King Library including permanent public art exhibits

  • Learn about the inner workings of the Library including unique King Library resource centers 

  • Gain experience welcoming members of the public to the King library, leading tour groups and public speaking

Here's what a past volunteer has to say about joining as a King Library Docent:

"I did love time when I worked in library. It’s just a month after I came to the US. I never forget meaningful stories behind the conceptional art collection. I learned lessons about culture and people in my new home. I believe being as a voluntary in the library is a great chance for new immigrants to learn about their new home."
- Library Docent response in the 2023 Volunteer Feedback Survey

How to Join the Docent Team

  1. Review the King Library Docent role

  1. Complete a volunteer application.
  1. Complete screening for the docent position.
  1. Attend mandatory in-person trainings at King Library.
    • All sessions are 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Session 1: May 11
      • Session 2: May 18
      • Session 3: May 25
      • Session 4 (Optional): June 1
    • Make up days will be available for missed training dates
    • Parking validation will be provided

Please contact Volunteer Services if you have any questions. We can be reached at 408-808-2181 or

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