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 MyVolunteerPage.com

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

Please Note

Effective 12/21/20: New volunteer fingerprinting is paused until further notice.

You can still serve your community remotely by applying to one of the virtual volunteer opportunities that does not require a fingerprint background check.

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 Film Club Leader

Are you a film buff looking for a fun way to connect with your community?

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 - Patricia de Luna Muñoz

Patricia volunteers as a Resume and Job Search coach at the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch.

Robert Miranda
01/04/2021 - 5:00 AM

Volunteer Spotlight - Dheerj Jasuja

Spotlight on Dheerj Jasuja, Almaden Teens Reach President, who has faithfully volunteered at the library as a Math Tutor, Vice President last year of Teens Reach, and now President.

Robert Miranda
12/21/2020 - 5:00 AM

Volunteer Spotlight - Michele Weiss

Meet Michele, a volunteer with the Alviso Branch as a Friend of the Library and its Acting President and Treasurer.

Robert Miranda
12/07/2020 - 5:00 AM