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

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)

How to Become a Library Volunteer

Details on the process of becoming a library volunteer.

Volunteer FAQs

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

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 Coach

Help students achieve academic success at the Library.

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

Dedication to a Librarian Who Lived and Breathed Library Service: Margaret Fitch

Late librarian Margaret Fitch was a truly dedicated librarian and Friend of the Library who left an indelible mark in her community.

Ila Langner
11/23/2022 - 10:00 PM

Volunteer Spotlight - Deitra Hoang

Meet Deitra, a volunteer and District 3 Youth Commissioner.

Melissa Chheuy
11/23/2022 - 2:00 PM

eSpotlight - Giving Tuesday

Learn about where and why Giving Tuesday was created and how you can share the spirit of generosity.

Jeana Clampitt
11/22/2022 - 4:00 PM