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Alameda County Library

Our Libraries are not open now. We are developing a plan to reopen our buildings in accordance with the October 1 AC Health Officer Order. This plan includes modification of library spaces and training of Library staff, which are currently underway. Our highest priority is the health and safety of all. Learn more

Teens: Home

Help is Always Available

Crisis Line
(24/7 Crisis support line for Alameda County)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

LoveIsRespect Lifeline
(Teen Dating Abuse)
1-866-331-9474 or TTY (866-331-3453)

The National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Teen Volunteers

Due to the current Shelter in Place order, the library is not currently accepting volunteers.

Teens are assigned to clerical tasks such as shelving, sorting, and emptying the bookdrop. Teens with special skills or interests may help with computer tutoring, teen programs, or the children's summer reading program.

To apply, please ask for a volunteer application, which you can get at the circulation desk. Questions? For clerical work, contact the Circulation Supervisor. If you are interested in computer tutoring or helping with teen programs or the children's summer reading program, contact the Albany Library.

Teen volunteers help shelve picture books, process library materials such as paperbacks and magazines, or other library duties at the Mobile and Outreach Services office in Fremont. Contact the Bookmobile for more information.

We use teen volunteers year-round and they help primarily with basic shelving of books and audiovisual materials. In addition, some volunteers may be asked to help with library programs and other special projects. To apply, please click on this link. Questions? Please contact the Teen Services Representative, Nathan Silva or Chris Selig.

Click here to apply!

Interested in volunteering for Centerville Library?  Click here to see available volunteer activities and to fill out a volunteer application. Summer Volunteer opportunities will be posted in May 2020.

Dublin Library has volunteer opportunities for high school students in a few different programs. Recruitments are held three times a year: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Please check with the branch for dates and times. You can email Sigriet Ferrer or call the branch at (925) 803-7252.

Teens are welcome to volunteer at the Fremont Main Library. They may shelve books, help children with homework, help members with library computers and other technologies. 

Interested teens may make an account and fill out an online application or by browsing our current volunteer opportunities.

While the main periods of recruitment this year will be May, August/September, and December/January; various opportunities may be available at different times of the year. Students are invited to create an account at any time and click here to see a list of available opportunities

Email Elizabeth Buchanan if you have any questions.

Interested in volunteering for Irvington Library?  Click here to see available volunteer activities and to fill out a volunteer application. Summer Volunteer opportunities will be posted in May 2020.

Interested in volunteering at Newark Library? Fill out our application and return it to the library anytime we are open. Questions can be sent to Patrick Brogan, Teen Librarian. 

Teen Volunteer Application

Teens are needed for our Homework Central program to help K-8 students with their homework, to help seniors with technology and occasional to help set up and prepare library programs.  To see what opportunities are available click on this link.  If you have questions, please contact Noelle Cruz

Tech-savvy and outgoing teens can apply to volunteer as a PC Host (basic library computer assistance) or Computer Tutor (one-on-one computer tutoring) positions. For those that are interested in working with kids and have a strong math background, the library will be holding a math camp for students in 2nd through 6th grade. The opportunity to work independently is also available through shelving children’s books and audio/visual materials. Volunteers seeking a leadership role can join the Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) and provide guidance for potential workshops, hosting events, and expanding programs.

The Union City Library now offers two continuously open volunteer opportunities; 

  • The Teen Zine - A literary magazine produced by Teens for Teens is looking for art, photography and creative writing submissions.  Teen Zine Flyer
  • The Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) -  If you are seeking a leadership role board members provide guidance for potential workshops, expanding programs and hosting events at the library. Currently, meetings are every other Wednesday at 3:30 PM.

For more information, please contact Blaine Wentworth, 510-284-0628. Or call the reference desk at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5).

There are valuable opportunities outside the library. Here is a list of web links to local, regional and national and international organizations that also need volunteers.

Just the Facts

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Free Homework help with Brainfuse

Need to find a primary source?  Try our Library Databases

Looking for more information about a topic?  Check out our Subject Guides

Still can't find what you are looking for? Ask a Librarian!

Here's a list of librarian-recommended sites to help you prepare for the SAT.

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Learning Express Library Take free, timed practice tests online for AP subjects, ACT, SAT, general high school subjects, and other types of exams. Login from home with your Alameda County Library card.
College Board  Prepare with practice tests with real SAT questions, and lots of other excellent free prep help. This is the official site of the SAT. The College Board is a not-for profit association.
Princeton Review  Their SAT Practice Tools lists free local strategy sessions and practice tests, along with a free online full-length practice test. Free registration required.

Check out the following California state-specific information:

Alameda County Library Driver Education 1950s dressed woman driving teal 1950s era car

  • 11 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions


Make an informed decision about your college choice.

Class of students at desks smiling for the cameraScholar Match  SF based college counseling and planning service, including test prep and college admission support.

California Colleges An all inclusive guide for California youth to help plan their college and career pathway.

College ScoreCard A searchable database of colleges with information on programs, location, size, demographics and cost.

College is expensive but there are dollars to be found if you know where to look

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FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid Guide to scholarships, loans, and other kinds of financial aid for college.

Student Aid on the Web Comprehensive student financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education including information about the FAFSA

Tuition Funding Sources The TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.  You must begin an account with TFS and link through the Alameda County Library website by using the Login link.

Two chefs preparing an avocado based dishAlameda County Human Services Listing of government jobs in Alameda County.  A great way to find a long term career.

Treasure Island Job Corps Center A San Franscico Based Jobs Center to help you get the career and academic training you need.

CalJOBS -Youth Services The state's employment site for youth.  It is full of tips, resources, and links to employment programs.

USA Jobs Federal internship program for new high school graduates.

Who Do You Want 2b? Career and college based site that discussions different career pathways for teens.

Teen Picks