Volunteer Services - 5th Floor

Volunteer Services

Hours

Sun
Closed
Mon
10-5
Tue
9-6
Wed
9-6
Thu
9-6
Fri
12-5
Sat
Closed

Welcome & Overview

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Library.

The San Francisco Public Library system provides free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.  Library volunteers support, supplement, and enrich the Library’s efforts to serve San Francisco’s diverse community in each of its 28 locations.

Youth Volunteers

The Library accepts volunteers ages 13 and up. Information for volunteers under 18 (or 18 and still in high school) is found at The Mix’s Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities page, including our Summer Squad summer volunteer program.

Adult Volunteers

Our core areas of volunteer service include:

supporting youth learning (Homework Helper; Reading Buddy; Arts & Craft Assistant; Storytime Assistant; FOG Readers Tutor)

fostering English language fluency and literacy (Project Read Tutor; ELL Tutor; Conversational English Group Leader)

assisting veterans at the Library’s Veterans Resource Center, and

bridging the digital divide (Computer Lab Assistant; Multi-Function Device (copy/scan/fax) Helper)

In addition, volunteers may provide event support for open houses, cultural celebrations, or assist with special projects such as Shades of San Francisco.

The first step to volunteering with the Library is to request a volunteer interest form from volunteer@sfpl.org. Our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator will review your interests and availability to find possible matches at a library location convenient to you and then schedule a call or meeting.

Some important details to keep in mind:

• Volunteers cannot perform tasks assigned to Library staff, such as shelving books or leading storytimes.

• For ongoing volunteer positions, a minimum commitment of two hours per week for at least six months is requested.

• Volunteers who will serve with vulnerable populations first must pass a background check. (Fingerprints are taken at the City HR office at no cost to the volunteer). 

• There may be a waiting period before an opening is available for a requested role, location, and time. Please check your schedule against location open hours to find a convenient location with compatible hours.

• Our ability to accommodate groups for one-time “day of service” events is very limited, but we're happy to discuss possibilities. Three to six months notice allows optimal time for planning and publicity.

• To apply to teach a class, lead an activity, or provide other programming, please see our Exhibitions & Program page for a presenter proposal form or email programming@sfpl.org for more information.

Other Resources

• If you are looking for a one-time or short-term volunteer opportunity, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library often needs volunteers to assist with its book sales. For information about their program, click here.

VolunteerMatch.org lists a wide array of volunteer opportunities throughout the Bay Area.

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