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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.

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Homework Club Volunteer

Help students achieve academic success at the Library.

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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

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Robert Miranda
Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer News

Leena Vadehra at the Vineland Branch
Introducing Leena Vadehra Leena Vadehra is a very valuable volunteer for Vineland Library. She started reading to children in 2016, and through her years of reading and listening to children she has a steady number of followers, plus new children who get to know her every Thursday afternoon. She is a very gentle and kind lady, and our staff like her a lot. Submitted by Librarian, Yassaman Jalali from the Vineland Branch Library A Chat with... read more
Kiran Srinath at the library
Introducing Kiran Srinath Kiran has volunteered at the Santa Teresa Branch Library since 2014 and has been a part of the Library Services program since October 2015. Kiran's current responsibilities include shelving, shelf-reading, tidying, and assisting librarians with special projects. Kiran has proven to be both extremely dependable in carrying out his duties and very enthusiastic about the library and its mission to provide educational and... read more

Current Volunteers