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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

Address

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

Jason Pell
Jason Pell
Volunteer Services Analyst
jason.pell@sjlibrary.org

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 MyVolunteerPage.com

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

Please Note

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

You are welcome to complete a volunteer application at this time but your application will be delayed until the Library reopens. Thank you for your continued support of SJPL.

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 Opportunities

Volunteer Census Ambassador

Become a Library Census Station Ambassador and help ensure your community gets counted.

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.

Homework Club Volunteer

Help students achieve academic success at the Library.

Partners in Reading

Work with adults to improve their reading and writing skills.

Volunteer Away Your Fines

Eliminate your library fines by volunteering.

Latest Blogs

The 2020 Volunteers of the Year

The San José Public Library appreciates the tremendous contributions and efforts made by all our volunteers. Every year, each of our library locations and units selects an individual volunteer they…

Robert Miranda
04/20/2020 - 10:00 AM

Volunteer Spotlight - Maher Penglin

Maher Penglin has been volunteering with San José Public Library since 2017. He's contributed almost 70 hours of volunteering this year alone. He has been an incredible help in restarting, maintaining

Robert Miranda
02/19/2020 - 5:00 AM

Become a Volunteer Census Ambassador

As a Volunteer Census Ambassador you will ensure your community gets counted.

Jason Pell
02/10/2020 - 10:00 AM