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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 have 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.”

  • Volunteer at the Library

    Main Library

    Adult Literacy Volunteer
    Volunteer literacy tutors work one-on-one with adult learners in a library setting. Training hours and a minimum six month commitment are required. Tutors meet with learners once or twice per week for 1 to 2 hour sessions. For more information, call
    (310) 458-8603, email us at, or contact us through VolunteerMatch.

    L.E.A.R.N. Homework Help Volunteer
    Join the L.E.A.R.N. homework help team to make a difference in children’s lives and to give them the confidence they need to succeed in school.  L.E.A.R.N. offers free homework help and skills building in reading comprehension for students in grades 1 through 8. L.E.A.R.N. takes place at the Main Library on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-6:00pm, and at the Pico Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm. It is a drop-in program, with no registration required. Volunteers work with students one-on-one for 20-minute sessions. Volunteers are asked to commit to two hours per week for at least three months. High school students, adults, and seniors are welcome to apply.  Volunteers receive a short orientation to the program and are provided with supplies to aid with instruction. The L.E.A.R.N. program runs throughout the school year. For more information, call the Main Library at (310) 458-8621 or the Pico Library at (310) 458-8684.   

    Santa Monica Reads Book Discussion Group Leader
    Get involved in the annual Santa Monica Reads program by volunteering as a discussion group leader. Santa Monica Reads takes place each spring or summer and the Library recruits volunteers approximately four months before the program begins. The Library provides training for discussion group volunteers who then have the opportunity to lead public book discussions, on the featured title and author, at Library locations and other venues throughout Santa Monica. For more information, visit the Santa Monica Reads website, email, or call the Library at (310) 458-8600.

    Shut-In Service Volunteer
    Volunteers interested in books and people can directly aid Santa Monica's homebound residents. Volunteers spend several hours each week selecting and delivering library materials to those that are homebound. Visits are eagerly anticipated by our homebound patrons, and can last anywhere from five to thirty minutes. Shut-In Service volunteers are required to make a minimum one year commitment to the program. For more information, call (310) 458-8646 or email us at

    Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Volunteer
    Visit the Friends of the Library website or call (310) 458-8608 for information about volunteering with this nonprofit Library support group.

    Tech Teen – A Service Learning Program
    High school students earn community service credit and customer service skills while sharing their passion for technology with the community. Participants complete an intensive training, volunteer at library tech events, and receive support to further pursue projects according to their interests. Questions can be emailed to

    Teen Volunteer
    Visit the Santa Monica Public Library Teen website to learn more about the Teen Advisory Council and volunteer opportunities for teens.

  • Fairview Branch

    Fairview Teen Advisory Group
    Looking for opportunities to serve your community? Join our Teen Advisory Group! Help improve teen services at the library and earn community service credit. Grades 8 - 12. For more information, call (310) 458-8681.

    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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