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

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)

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  Please note: Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, all in-person volunteer recruitment is paused until further notice. Virtual volunteering opportunities are still available.

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.

SJPL AmeriCorps VISTAs

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

Featured Opportunities

Virtual Homework Club Coach

Help local students reach academic success online. Foster their ability to succeed in 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.

Teen Writer for Short Éditions

Build our collection of short stories written by teen writers.

Latest Blogs

Volunteer Spotlight: Remembering Ellen Hill

Remembering the service and legacy of PAR volunteer Ellen Hill.

Jason Pell
01/12/2022 - 10:30 AM

Virtual Homework Club

Need help with your homework? Volunteers will be available online to help Kindergarten - 8th-grade students with their homework.

SJPL Staff
09/09/2021 - 12:00 PM

International Literacy Day

Bringing awareness to literacy efforts, local and worldwide.

Tom Hewitt
08/07/2021 - 12:00 PM