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Application for Central Library School 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 garden tour on Saturdays, educational tours for school children/teens and a variety of special reserved tours for Book Clubs, and other community clubs and organizations that request a private tour.

Our next training for new docents will take place in January 2020. Class sessions will be held every Thursday beginning January 9 through February 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Library. Additional training and practice will be done with a mentor at mutually convenient times until that mentor has signed off on the expertise of the trainee. Badges will be issued at our May Spring luncheon. All new docents are required to complete 24 tours per year.

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

Becoming a library docent requires a strong commitment. The training classes are demanding and designed to give you an intensive knowledge of the library’s art, architecture and history and to coach you in the skills needed to be an effective presenter. You will also be required to use Volgistics, an online calendar site for tracking and booking your Central Library tours.

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

Do you love libraries and enjoy learning about local art and history? Are you comfortable meeting and communicating with new people? If you work, would you be able to attend the weekday classes and set enough time aside for diligent tour practice? If yes, we would love to have you join us.

Please fill out the form below. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2019.

Central Library 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.

Love to tell a good story? Tell ours as a Central Library Docent!