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Volunteer Opportunities

In fiscal year 2012-2013, San Diego County Library gained a net value of $3.8 million by training and including in daily operations 4,795 volunteers, who donated 140,464 hours of their time.

Volunteers perform a variety of duties, including, but not limited to: presenting and assisting with branch events, tutoring adult literacy learners, reading to children in the "Grandparents and Books" programs, helping students with homework, leading book discussion groups, and serving as Internet docents.

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors recognize the important contribution volunteers make to all County departments in an annual event each year. County departments each nominate their own "Volunteer of the Year." A PowerPoint Presentation of the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors' Volunteer of the Year presentation can be accessed on the County Clerk of the Board's web site.

Library branches hold volunteer recognition events each year during National Volunteer Recognition Month in April.

Volunteer Requirements

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Parents need to sign a parental permission form for volunteers between the ages of 14 and 16.
  • A background check is required of all volunteers.

Staff will do their best to match your interests and talents with current needs. Volunteers receive an orientation and training. Expect a busy staff and sometimes unspoken, but always heartfelt thanks for your commitment to your community.

For further information and referral about the library's volunteer program, please contact your local branch library.

Featured Volunteers

Volunteers of the Year 2014: Sangita Baxi, Nancy Dohrer, Takashi Inagaki, Judy Chan, Anne Omsted, Nickolia Smerniotis, Nancy Stone & Dick Wayman

Volunteers of the Year 2013: Jean Benson, Robin Johnson, Kathleen Lamb, Raquel Shantal, Clementine Whelan & Betty Yengst

Volunteers of the Year 2012: Joel Harris, Connie Louis, Alex Taylor, Nancy Kramer, Lois Harris, Alex Koeppel, Diana Hendrix, Amanda Heath & Rob Roberto

Volunteers of the Year 2011: John Williams, James Munger & Steve Lee

Volunteer of the Year 2010: Germán Gutierrez

Lincoln Acres Service Learners: Oscar, Gabriel & Andres

Gerrie Stoll

Nancy Mizrahi

JennyBelle Bowman

LEARN AmeriCorps: Nick Crosby, Raquel Sojourner, Sarah Seene & Desiree Garcia

Kay Ewin

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.