Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Los Angeles Public Library! We have over 3,000 active volunteers throughout the library system's Central Library and 72 branches, in a variety of volunteer opportunities. Each location has different volunteer needs, so not all opportunities will be available at all locations. Please contact your local library for more information about volunteer opportunities.
All volunteers must complete a volunteer application (pdf). Adult volunteers working with children will be fingerprinted.
Adult Book Discussion Leader
These volunteers lead monthly book discussion for adults at the library. They work with staff to choose and order books, reserve the meeting room and publicize these public events. As leaders, they read the book, research the authors and prepare discussion questions.
Adult Literacy Program
Tutors in the Adult Literacy Program work one-on-one with adult students, twice a week for 1-1/2 hours per meeting time. Potential tutors are interviewed, trained and assigned a student through their local literacy center. In addition, we also need teachers for conversation classes for new English learners and math teachers for our GED students. For more information, call (213) 228-7037, or email, or check out our Facebook page.
Central Library Docent
Docents conduct regularly scheduled art and architecture tours of the Central Library and the Maguire Gardens, as well as special group tours for adults, schoolchildren and teens. Training classes prepare docents to lead these various tours. For more information call (213) 228-7283, or email.
Collection Inventory Aide
Under staff direction, these volunteers may help to get items in order for shelving, or stamp books or pick up materials left on tables. This is a great job for people who like to organize.
Friend of the Library
There are more than 60 different Friends Groups associated with Los Angeles Public Library. These groups raise funds for materials and programs at different branches and Central Library. Each group would gladly accept monetary donations towards these goals, but they can also use volunteers to help with book sales, to serve in board positions, to help with newsletters, websites, fundraising and programming. To find out how you can get involved and help your library, contact your local library, or call (213) 228-7599.
Homework Assistants volunteer in library Student Zones, helping kids and teens use the supplies and computers for homework and studying. Talk to the Young Adult Librarian at your local library for more information.
Library Program Aide
This description covers a wide range of program related activities. The volunteers may prepare craft materials, set up chairs for events, help librarians with preschool storytimes or even work with the staff to conduct programs.
These techie volunteers may lead classes on how to use a computer, set up an email account, use an e-reader, download library materials to various devices and so much more. If you have media skills to share, we could use you!
Special Project Aide
These volunteers work on a variety of projects. If you are artistic you might be asked to update a bulletin board or put up a display. Others may be asked to run a DVD cleaning device or help with a local history project. Every location has different needs.
STAR (Story Telling and Reading) volunteers share their love of books by reading with children at the library two hours a week. Talk to the Children's Librarian at your library for more information.
Some teen volunteers are Homework Assistants, some help with programs, some help straighten up the library or create bulletin boards or displays. In addition, teens 11 and up may also serve on the Teen Council. Each location has different needs. With the exception of Teen Council, teens must be 14 years old to volunteer at the library. In addition to their parent or guardian signing the regular volunteer application, they must also have their parent or guardian sign a Teen Volunteer Permission Form. Ask for the Young Adult Librarian at your library.
Questions? Please email or call Volunteer Services at (213) 228-7540.