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Alameda County Library

Teens: Volunteer


Teen Volunteers are placed by each branch library. Contact your local branch for more information.


Volunteers are used during the summer. 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.


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 Mary Ayers-Hughes at or call the branch at (925) 803-7252.

San Lorenzo

Teens are needed for our Homework Central program to help K-8 students with their homework. Teens can also help with shelving and occasionally with other tasks. Stop by the library to apply. If you have questions, please contact Tamecca at


Teen volunteers help shelve picture books, prepare mailings for Senior Services and the Library Foundation, process library materials such as paperbacks and magazines and other library duties at the Bookmobile office in Fremont. Contact the Bookmobile for more information.


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

There are three major periods of recruitment:  the end of May, the end of August, and the end of December.

If you miss a recruitment period, please email Beth Buchanan at, with your name and the number of hours you wish to volunteer. You will receive an email with any current openings and instructions. 

All teens must fill out an application that includes a parent or guardian signature and attend a mandatory training.  

         Teen Winter Volunteer recruitment will be open from December 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Please read the information carefully.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities, Winter 2018

Teen Volunteer Application, Winter 2018


Castro Valley

We use teen volunteers year round and they help primarily with basic shelving of books and audio visual materials.  In addition, some volunteers may be asked to help with library programs and other special projects. To apply, please ask for a volunteer application, which you can get at the circulation desk, or print out a copy below. Questions? Please contact the Teen Services Representative, Nathan Silva at or Chris Selig at


Interested in volunteering for Irvington Library over the summer? If you are entering 6th grade or higher, apply to join our Summer Squad! Find the application below, or check in at our library during open hours. Orientation is mandatory; please attend on Wednesday June 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Teen Volunteer 2018 Application


Union City

The Union City Library is now accepting volunteer applications for the Summer cycle. 

For those that are tech savvy and outgoing, the library offers the PC Host (basic library computer assistance) and 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.

For the first time at the Union City Library we will be offering a Lunch at the Library program for youth 18 and under, so if you like being outside and working with kids of all ages this program is for you. Applications can be found at the Union City Library’s reference desk or download it here.

The final deadline to be considered for the Summer cycle is June 3rd.

For those that missed the deadline, please note that 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 by email or phone (510-284-0628).  Or call the reference desk at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5)


Interested in volunteering for Centerville Library during the school year? If you are in Junior High or High School, we need help with special events. Find the application below, or check in at our library during open hours. 

If you have any questions regarding a volunteer opportunity please call us at 510-795-2629.

Teen Volunteer 2018 Application



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

More Places to Volunteer

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.