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Volunteer Opportunities

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Santa Clara City Library Volunteers Complete the Circle

Be a Part of Your Library

As a library volunteer, you are joining residents who share their time and talents to make a difference in their library and community. Over 250 volunteers play an important role in the success of the Santa Clara City Library and to the delivery of its services.

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

ESL Family Night Volunteer

The English as Second Language (ESL) Family Night offers a comfortable environment for family members with limited English language skills to practice speaking in English. This program welcomes working people, parents or caregivers to attend the conversation club with their children. ESL Family Night volunteers will provide small group instruction in English for parents/caregivers while the children participate in learning activities. Volunteers must be proficient in speaking in English, ability to work with adult belonging to diverse backgrounds, and be comfortable around children (young and school-age). A commitment of two to three hours on every second Thursday of the month is requested. 

Genealogy Room Consultant

Genealogy volunteers help beginning genealogists with their family history research and help students and others locate material they need in the library's Heritage Pavilion collection which includes both family history and local history books and files. Volunteers should have some experience doing family history research and be able to fill out basic genealogy pedigree charts and forms and be interested in family and local history research. Volunteers are scheduled during library open hours. A commitment of two to eight hours per month is requested.

Homebound Volunteer

Provide a vital link to library services by delivering books and other library materials to our homebound patrons or residents of a retirement or healthcare facility. Qualifications: Valid California Driver’s License; must be able to lift up to 3 lbs.; good listening skills; patient; dependable. A monthly commitment of three to four hours per month is requested.


Teach an adult to read. You'll be amazed at what you learn! Read Santa Clara needs literacy tutors. Volunteer tutors work with adult learners to improve their reading, writing and math skills. No teaching experience needed! Orientation and 12.5 hours of tutor training provided. Volunteers must make a time commitment of two hours per week for six months. Please contact Read Santa Clara at (408) 615-2956 or email for more information.


Assist the Youth Services Department with sorting library materials on carts, shelving paperbacks and videos, shelf-reading and straightening-up shelves. Must have attention to detail, be able to bend and reach on shelves of varying heights. Must be comfortable with numerical ordering (Dewey Decimal System) and alphabetizing.

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplementing public funding to expand and enhance the Library's programs & services. The Foundation Board actively seeks gifts, grants, and bequests, while the Friends group contributes to this effort by raising funds mostly through the sale of used books that have been donated to the organization.

The Friends have a diverse set of volunteer opportunities available. They seek volunteers who enjoy working with people and have customer service experience for the Friends Bookstore in the Central Park Library. Volunteers are also needed at the Friends monthly book sales, which are held every third Saturday of the month. For more information about volunteering for the Friends, please check out

Other Bay Area Volunteer Opportunities

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