Volunteer at Los Angeles Public Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Los Angeles Public Library! We have approximately 5,000 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. The Library does not accept Court Referred Volunteers.

Please contact your local library or call 213-228-7490 for more information about volunteer opportunities.

  • The City of Los Angeles Ordinance 187134, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement, requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all current and future volunteers. At this time, there is no vaccine exemption policy for library volunteers. Learn more about Volunteer COVID-19 Vaccine Verification.
  • At this time Central Library is only recruiting for Adult Literacy Tutors and Teachers, Teen Volunteers, STAR Volunteers, and Veterans' Benefits Coaches.
  • If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please reach out to the Singleton Literacy Center at 213-228-7540 to speak with one of our coordinators.
  • If you are familiar with veterans' issues and military life, please contact us to find out more about the Veterans' Benefits Coach opportunities.
  • If you are a teen who wishes to volunteer, please visit Teen Volunteers for more information.
  • All adult volunteers will be fingerprinted.

Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Book Discussion Leader

These volunteers lead monthly book discussions 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 adult GED students. For more information, call 213-228-7540, or email literacy@lapl.org

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. For more information, email docents@lapl.org.

(We are currently not accepting applications for new Central Library docents)

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 Assistant

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.

Media Technician

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.

Teen Volunteers

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 Volunteer Teen Intake Form, teens must also have their parent or guardian sign a Teen Waiver Form. These forms will be made available by the Young Adult Librarian at the time of intake. Ask for the Young Adult Librarian at your library.

Questions? Please email us or call Volunteer Engagement at (213) 228-7490.