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Due to our temporary closures, we are currently not accepting book donations at any location.

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

Here are some guidelines and policies helpful for our volunteers:

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

Video TutorialsHow to log hours | Using

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

Please Note

Effective 3/17/20 all library locations are closed until further notice.

You can serve your community remotely by completing a volunteer application for one of our virtual volunteer opportunities.

How to Become a Library Volunteer

Details on the process of becoming a library volunteer.

Volunteer FAQ

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.

Featured Virtual Opportunities

Virtual Homework Club Coach

Help local students reach academic success online and foster their ability to succeed in school.

Coding5K Program Leader

Help enhance STEAM programming for students in San José.

Dance Party Host

Host virtual dance parties for people of all ages.

Friends of the Library

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

Teen Book Reviewer

Gain volunteer service hours by writing book reviews.

Tutorial Video Creator

Encourage San José residents of all ages to try something by creating step-by-step tutorial videos.

Latest Blogs

2020 Volunteer Feedback: Volunteers Thrive at SJPL!

See what Library volunteers are saying about their volunteer roles, expereinces, and collaboration with Library staff members.

Jason Pell
06/26/2020 - 3:00 PM

Practice English in Online Conversation Clubs

Virtual ELL Conversation Clubs are welcoming and respectful environments for adult learners of English online.

Jason Pell
06/19/2020 - 11:30 AM

Library Volunteering... From Home!

Virtual volunteer opportunities are now available throughout SJPL. Earn service hours at the Library from home.

Jason Pell
06/11/2020 - 4:30 PM