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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: Help Digitize Local History

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Help community members preserve and digitize local history in the King Library California Room by learning how to scan and digitize photos, recordings, and ephemera, preserving their analog histories for the digital future.

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

Introducing Cindy Smith In her first-year volunteering for the Alviso Branch Library, Cindy Smith’s enthusiasm for the library and the Friends of the Alviso Branch has consistently shown through. She selflessly stepped up when asked to serve as the President of the Alviso Friends. Additionally, she initiated and continues to co-lead the monthly Alviso Book Club. Cindy’s commitment to improving the Friends’ processes, outreaching at local events... read more
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

Current Volunteers