Volunteer Away Your Fines

Two volunteers happily dust book shelves in the King Library.

Clear Your Fines

Tired of not being able to use your library card? Eliminate your fines by volunteering. Fines will be cleared from your account at a rate of $20 per hour.

There are plenty of different volunteer activities available that don’t even call for specific skills or experience. Assist with branch programs, library events, and maintaining a welcoming environment in our facilities. We’ll be here with you every step of the way to provide guidance and support.

Details and Requirements

  • Must be able to complete the full duration of the volunteer activity. Please arrive 15 minutes early to update your library account information and sign-in
  • Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • No experience or special skills necessary
  • Training and supplies will be provided
  • Volunteer at any of the San José Public Library locations


Can I participate in the Volunteer Away Your Fines program?

Can I still participate if I don't have library fines?

How much money is cleared if I volunteer for 1 hour?

Which types of library fines are covered by this program?

Do I have to pre-register to participate in a Volunteer Away Your Fines opportunity?

How do I register for a Volunteer Away Your Fines opportunity?

Can I register at an event?

Do I need to fill out an application through Better Impact?

Can I volunteer away the fines from a library card that does not belong to me?

Can I bring my children to volunteer with me?

Do children have to register through Better Impact for an event?

Can I work off all my library fines in one day?

Can I volunteer at any of the library branches within San José?

Should I bring my library card with me to a Volunteer Away Your Fines event?

Why do I need to arrive 15 minutes prior to my volunteer opportunity?

Will the library store my belongings while I volunteer?

Can this program be used for volunteer services hours?

Upcoming Events

More Reasons to Volunteer

  • Support your local library and improve their services
  • Encourage civic responsibility
  • Make a difference by strengthening and beautifying your community
  • Receive physical and mental benefits (PDF, 3.01MB) such as stress reduction, personal growth, self-esteem, and a feeling of accomplishment and camaraderie
  • Gain professional experience which can be pivotal when applying for college or a new job
  • Connect with others in your community