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Application for Central Library Docent Training


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Thank you for your interest in the Los Angeles Central Library Docent Program. We are a volunteer organization that presents tours of the landmark Central Library, an important part of Los Angeles revitalized historic downtown. Our tours include an art and architecture tour given every day, a Saturday tour of the Maguire Gardens, and tours for school classes of children and teenagers.

Our next training for new docents will take place in early 2018. Six class sessions will be held on Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 and 31; February 7; and March 14. Classes will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will take place at the Central Library, in downtown Los Angeles.

To participate in docent training, you must be at least 21 years old.

Becoming a library docent requires an important time commitment. The training classes are demanding. They are designed to give you intensive knowledge of the library’s art, architecture and history, and to coach you in the skills needed to be an effective docent. Outside of class you will be doing practice tours and working with a mentor who will help you with the specifics of touring.

After training is completed, you will be required to do 24 tours a year for the first two years. Tours are scheduled on a flexible basis one month in advance.

Is the Central Library’s docent program a good match for you?

Do you love libraries and do you enjoy learning about art, architecture and urban history? Are you comfortable meeting and communicating with new people? Are you ready to become more familiar with various uses of digital technology? If you work, would you be able to attend the scheduled training classes and to set aside enough time to learn and practice the tour?

Please fill out the form below.  Deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

Docent Application
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After we receive your application, we will contact you to set up an interview.

All docents must submit to fingerprinting, a requirement for everyone who volunteers in the Los Angeles Public Library system.

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