The services of Alameda County Library are augmented by the contributions
of many volunteers who give generously of their time to help in the branch
libraries and in our outreach programs.
Volunteers with Senior
Services take books and other materials to shut-ins who are unable
to visit the library. Volunteers with the Fremont Main Library's Booklegger
program visit K-8 classes in Fremont with intriguing stories from books
to introduce children to the pleasure of reading.
Every month there are between 200 and 250 volunteers helping in Alameda
County Library branches. Volunteers assist in a variety of support activities
including preparing uncataloged paperback books for circulation, putting
books in order on the shelves, checking-in and labeling new telephone
directories, reshelving certain materials or working on special projects.
Some branches have volunteer Internet docents who help users learn to
use a Web browser and explore Internet resources. If you are interested
in serving as an Internet docent contact your local branch library for
Many volunteers are retired or working adults. Student volunteers must
be enrolled in high school. Most projects require a minimum commitment
of 2 to 4 hours per week for six months. Shorter projects are designed
for student community service hours.
During the summer, many of the branches have Kid Power Volunteer programs
in which children in grades 6-8 help with the summer reading activities.
(For this opportunity, contact your local branch for more information.)
To volunteer at any of the Alameda County Library locations please contact
a branch library directly.