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Volunteer Services

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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

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.

Log Your Hours

Login to enter your volunteer hours and update your information. (

Featured Opportunities

Volunteer Away Your Fines

Do you have library fines? Volunteer them away.

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.

Library Services Volunteer

Assist at your local library with a variety of tasks and services.

Partners in Reading

Work with adults to improve their reading and writing skills.

Latest Blogs

Volunteer Spotlight - Ada Elizabeth Rubin

Introducing Ada Elizabeth Rubin Ada E. Rubin volunteers at the Edenvale Branch Library as one of our Homework Club Leaders. A thoughtful and considerate tutor, Ada has helped lead the Edenvale…

Robert Miranda
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Become an Art & Library History Tour Guide at the King Library

Guide community members to the hidden gems of the Library. Sign up to become a docent.

Jason Pell
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Get Kids Ready for Back to School

You can make a profound difference for children returning to school this Fall. Volunteer with SJPL and encourage lifelong learning while meeting new people with a shared commitment to community.

Robert Miranda
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00 AM