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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.”
    A Fairview Branch library volunteer

  • 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) 458-2201 x2791, email us at literacy.program@smgov.net, or contact us through VolunteerMatch.

    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 smplvolunteer@smgov.net, 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 shut.in@smgov.net.

    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.

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

  • 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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