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  • Volunteer Application

    PLEASE NOTE:All Santa Monica Public Library and City of Santa Monica volunteer candidates, 18 years and older, must clear a livescan fingerprint clearance prior to being interviewed for possible volunteer placement.


  • Fairview tutor

      "The Santa Monica Public Library is a vibrant community center and I am proud to be a part of that community by helping a young student. Tutoring is a wonderful way to give back to the community in a very meaningful, personal way.”  

    Fairview Branch Library Volunteer

  • Volunteer at the Library

    Main Library

    Shut-In Service - Volunteers, who are interested in books and people, can directly aid Santa Monica's homebound residents. Volunteers regularly select and deliver library materials several hours every two weeks. Visits may vary from a few minutes to 30 minutes or more and are eagerly anticipated by our homebound patrons. One year minimum commitment. For more information, call (310) 458-8646 or email us at:

    Library Guide - Guides are stationed in the lobby of the Main Library. They circulate and answer very general questions about the Library's collection, direct Library visitors to various areas within the Library, and assist users with self checkout. Volunteers are needed for 2 to 3 hours shifts during hours the Library is open.  Training is provided prior to serving as a Guide. Six months minimum commitment. For more information, call (310) 458-8646 or email us at:

    Santa Monica Reads Book Discussion Group Leader - Get involved in the annual Santa Monica Reads by volunteering to become a discussion group leader. Toward the end of each year, the Library recruits volunteers for this annual series. The Library will train you, and you'll have an opportunity to lead public book discussions on the featured book at libraries, bookstores and coffeehouses. For more information, visit the Santa Monica Reads website or call the Library at (310) 458-8600.

    Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library – Call (310) 458-8608 or visit the Friends of the Library website for more information about volunteering for this Library support group.

    Teen Volunteers- Please visit the SMPL Teen website to find out more about the Teen Advisory Council and volunteer opportunities for teens.

  • Branch Libraries


    Ocean Park Branch

    Volunteers help keep branch libraries bright and appealing. Volunteers clean library materials and help process donated items. For more information, call the Ocean Park Branch at (310) 458-8683.

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