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Volunteer, Internship and Work Readiness Opportunities


Volunteer at the Library!

The San Diego Public Library's robust Volunteer Program connects caring people to a great cause. The Library's dedicated volunteers are an integral part of the library's operations. They help the library leverage limited resources and fulfill its mission to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other.

The San Diego Public Library has a rich history of working closely with volunteers. Dedicated volunteers from all ages, backgrounds, skill sets and phases of life assist library staff to extend the services and programs the library can offer to the public.

We welcome volunteers who are eager to help make a real difference in their community!

Current Volunteers

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Getting Started

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Central and Branch Library Volunteer Opportunities

In Central Library and 35 branch libraries, volunteers play vital roles in assisting library staff with such functions as story time readers, docents, homework helpers, arts and crafts instructors, display coordinators, Summer Reading Program Ambassadors, and more.

READ/San Diego Adult Literacy Program Volunteer Opportunities

READ San Diego Adult Literacy Program, which serves as a model for the country, is transforming the lives of adult learners by giving them the skills and love of reading that will serve them for a lifetime. Volunteer literacy tutors assist adult learners in building essential reading and writing skills. Volunteers also support the literacy program as family literacy assistants, office assistants, assessment counselors, lab assistants and special event helpers.

Find out more about the READ/San Diego Adult Literacy Program and how your volunteerism can help change lives!

Do Your Homework @ the Library Volunteer Opportunities

If you are patient, a good listener and have a passion for helping youth, consider volunteering as a "homework coach" with the Do Your Homework @ the Library program.

Located at 18 different library locations, the Do Your Homework @ the Library program offers K-8 students personalized assistance with their school-assigned homework. Volunteers help students complete their homework assignments and act as positive role models.

Interested applicants must be age 15 or older and complete an orientation, interview and background check. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is required. More information about the Do Your Homework @ the Library program is available on the Library's Homework Help Center page, or register to volunteer at one of our library locations by visiting Better Impact today.