Volunteer & Donate

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering at your local library is a great way to:

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

Homework Club Volunteer

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Help students achieve success as a Homework Club Volunteer. You can you can foster understanding and encourage academic engagement for students in grades K-8 for just 2-4 hours a week. Sign up to volunteer and support academic achievement for students in your community.

Choose Your Volunteer Adventure

Select one of the following opportunities to sign up:

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Volunteer Away Your Fines

Do you have library fines? Volunteer them away.

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Tech Mentor

Share your computer skills with others from your community.

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Library Services Volunteer

Assist at your local library with a variety of tasks and services.

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Coding5k Program Leader

Lead a series of coding workshops using a provided curriculum.

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Partners in Reading

Work with adults to improve their reading and writing skills.

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Friends of the Library

Join a wonderful team by assisting with fundraising.

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Reader to Children

Give children the joy of reading by reading aloud to them at the Library.

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ESL Conversation Club Facilitator

Facilitate a welcoming environment to practice English.

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teensReach

Participate in library activities by joining the youth advisory council (ages 13-18).

More Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Us

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Jason Pell
Volunteer Services Analyst
1-408-808-2085

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Robert Miranda
Volunteer Coordinator
1-408-808-2181

Volunteer News

Introducing Eros Garcia Eros is an exemplary teen volunteer who continuously demonstrates why he is an asset during programs at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. He is incredibly dependable, personable, and always eager to help. His ability to communicate with our Spanish speaking library users really made him an asset to the Friday Fun program, where he helps with arts & crafts and serves popcorn and lemonade to... read more
Volunteers of the Year Every year, each of our 24 branches and units selects a volunteer they want to acknowledge as their Volunteer of the Year. From these nominees, one volunteer is selected for system-wide recognition as San José Public Library’s Volunteer of the Year. As always we recognize the great contributions and efforts of all our winners. Join us in congratulating the 2018 SJPL System Volunteer of the Year — Kathy Boyd ... read more

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Your monetary donation helps to support collections, technology and programs throughout San José's public libraries.

Donate Your Materials

Friends of the San José Public Libraries accept gently used books and media year-round at all library locations.

Current Volunteers