Volunteers contribute greatly to the San Mateo County Library and are involved in many facets of our work. As a condition of volunteer service, the San Mateo County Library conducts a criminal background check of all prospective volunteers over the age of 18. Interested volunteers will not be charged for this process. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we ensure our libraries are the safest place for all of our patrons.

If you are interested in a Volunteer Position with the San Mateo County Library please fill out the Volunteer Form.


In Library Volunteer Positions

Youth Homework Tutor

Help children with homework. age 16 and over

Teens Reading with Children

Teens help young students with reading in East Palo Alto, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay or Belmont. age 14 and older

Library Greeter

Welcome people to the library and help provide directional assistance. age 16 and older

Collection Assistant

Help keep books and materials in order, neat and mended. age 16 and older

Home Delivery

Deliver materials to the homebound. age 16 and older

Internet Tutor

Teach library users to use computers. age 16 and older


Tell stories at your library and local day care centers. age 18 and older

Program Assistant

Help library staff with programs for children and adults, such as helping with crafts, counting attendees, passing out supplies, etc.. age 16 and older

Off-Site Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Literacy

Help adults improve their reading and writing skills. age 18 and over

For more information please contact  Linda Roderick at 650.726.2316 x226.

Office Help

We are in need of dedicated volunteers to help ups with multiple office and in-library assistance to help us better serve our patrons. Duties could include delivering library materials to medical clinics and other venues to helping sort and weed library discards to designing and creating craft projects or felt storyboard characters for our story times. Many other short or long term volunteer opportunities are available.

For more information please contact Pamela Bilz at 650.312.5263.

Incarcerated Youth Book Club Group Leader

Join an experienced library staff member as part of a team to lead a book club for four weekly sessions at the Youth Correctional Facility and Camp Kemp in San Mateo. Training is provided and fingerprinting and background check is required.

For more information please contact  Pamela Bilz at 650.312.5263.

Special Events or Projects

This volunteer opportunity would be perfect for a student needing to get a few community service hours. Our outreach programs have many opportunities throughout the year to help out at a children’s, health or community fair where the library has an information booth.

For more information please contact Pamela Bilz ~ 650.312.5263 ~ bilz@plsinfo.org