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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

The San José Public Library appreciates the tremendous contributions and efforts made by all our volunteers. Every year, each of our library locations and units selects an individual volunteer they want to recognize as their Volunteer of the Year. We are truly grateful that you choose to volunteer with the Library. Join us in congratulating the 2019 SJPL Volunteers of the Year. Almaden Branch Library - Paul Grometer Paul began... 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

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