Volunteer Services

Family cleaning toys during volunteer event. Volunteer Services logo

Each year, more than 3,000 community members donate their time, skills and talents to strengthen the services provided by San José Public Library.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering at your local library is a great way to:

  • Use your talents
  • Provide valuable service to the community
  • Share your skills
  • Meet great people
  • Reduce your fines through service


150 E. San Fernando St., San José, CA 95112

Jason Pell
Jason Pell
Volunteer Services Analyst

Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Handbook (PDF) – Guidelines, information, and benefits of volunteering for the library.

Training Materials:

Log Your Hours – Login to enter your volunteer hours and update your information. (myvolunteerpage.com)

How to Become a Library Volunteer

Details on the process of becoming a library volunteer.

Volunteer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the volunteer experience at our library.

Volunteer of the Year

Every year, each of our library locations and units selects a Volunteer of the Year for special recognition due to their dedication, commitment, and impact on the community.

SJPL AmeriCorps VISTAs

Learn about AmeriCorps VISTAs at the Library, benefits of being a VISTA, and how you can apply.

Featured Opportunities

Partners in Reading

Work with adults to improve their reading and writing skills.

Summer Learning Volunteers

Encourage San José youth and families to take part in the Summer Learning program to avoid falling behind when they return to school.

Coding5K Program Leader

Help enhance STEAM programming for students in San José.

Friends of the Library

Join a wonderful team of community organizers that support library programs.

SJ Engage for Teens

Help make a difference in your community while unlocking real-world opportunities.

Teen Book Reviewer

Gain volunteer service hours by writing book reviews.

Latest Blogs

Volunteer Spotlight: Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

At SJPL we celebrate the contributions of our volunteers that have Asian and Pacific Islander heritage by sharing their stories!

Jason Pell
05/24/2023 - 4:00 PM

Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Finerty Bascom's Volunteer of the Year!

Meet Bascom Library's 2023 Volunteer of the year, Brian Finerty! Learn what wonderful things his peers from Bascom's Friends of the Library have to say about Brian!

Lisa Molson
05/11/2023 - 9:00 AM

The 2023 Volunteers of the Year

We appreciate the tremendous contributions and efforts made by all our volunteers. Celebrate our Volunteers of the Year with us!

Melissa Chheuy
04/17/2023 - 8:00 AM