Volunteer

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering at your local library is a great way to:

  • Use your talents
  • Provide valuable service to the community
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet great people
  • Reduce your fines through service

Featured Opportunity: Summer Learning Ambassador

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Do you have 1–3 hours you can devote to volunteering at the library once a week? SJPL needs summer volunteers to help students avoid summer slide. How is this possible? With you! Become a Summer Learning Ambassador and make an impact in your community this June and July by encouraging lifelong learning to community youth.

Choose Your Volunteer Adventure

Select one of the following opportunities to sign up:

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Volunteer Away Your Fines

Do you have library fines? Volunteer them away.

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New Mt. Pleasant Branch

The brand new branch needs heroes to improve access to library resources.

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Library Services Volunteer

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

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Partners in Reading

Work with adults to improve their reading and writing skills.

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Reading to Children

Read aloud to children one-on-one or in small groups.

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Friends of the Library

Join a wonderful team of community organizers that support library programs.

A tutor works with a child on a reading assignment during Homework Club.

Homework Club Volunteer

Help students achieve academic success at the Library.

A group of Conversation Club members gather around a table to practice their language skills.

ESL Conversation Club Facilitator

Facilitate a welcoming environment to practice English.

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Coding5K Program Leader

Help enhance STEAM programming for students in San José.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Us

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Jason Pell
Volunteer Services Analyst
1-408-808-2085

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Robert Miranda
Volunteer Coordinator
1-408-808-2181

Volunteer News

Inessa at 3rd floor Tech Mentor's desk, while preparing lessons for Conversation Café Russian students
Introducing Inessa Ismagilova Inessa Ismagilova volunteers at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library both as a Tech Mentor and as a Russian instructor, with the Conversation Café  language learning series. Joining us in September of 2017, Inessa recently celebrated her one year anniversary as a volunteer for the San José Public Library. In the 112 hours of volunteer service she has accumulated, Inessa has helped a myriad of our customers... read more
Hiromi Koshima smiling big
Introducing Hiromi Kojima Hiromi Kojima began volunteering in 2013. For almost five years, she has been a Reader to Children in Japanese as well as performing and telling stories. Japanese speaking families from San José and its satellite towns gather to listen to her tender voice and see her warm smile every Wednesday at West Valley Branch Library. She is very committed and punctual and has friendly and sincere personality.... read more

Current Volunteers