City of Carlsbad

Library - City of Carlsbad

General Volunteer Opportunities


  • Arts

    Bring your creativity to the library and support programs with your artistry!

  • Carlsbad history

    Do you love this city?  Do you want to help preserve our historical records for generations to come?  The history room could be the place for you to invest your time and energy

  • Clerical Work

    Do you have attention for detail?  Are you organized?  Some of our programs need just that to keep our library in tip top shape!  

  • Computers

    We all rely on computers and we need people who know what to do when the computer doesn't! Invest your skills in keeping our computers running and helping others learn to use them!

  • Crafts

    Crafts! Crafts! Crafts!  Like to make beautiful things?  We love to make our library look fabulous for every season, engage our young patrons and have fun in the process.  Come help out!

  • Dramatic reading

    Help our young patrons develop a love for reading!  Help develop imaginations and grow their curiosity.  Programs like Saturday Stories do just that and we need creative people to help our young patrons discover the world of reading!

  • eReaders

    Help others in our community learn to acces books from the library from their eReaders (like Kindle, iPad, Nook). 

  • Genealogy

    Curios about where you came from?  Family history and background?  Carlsbad has the second largest Genealogy collection in the state of California (1st place goes to Sacramento).  People come from all over to put the pieces of their past together.  Come help facilitate that discovery process!

  • Graphic design

    If you have skills, we may have projects for you to help the library!

  • Homebound Program

    Do you love coming to the library?  What if you couldn't make it there?  Our Homebound program brings the library to someone's front door.  A friendly face and a stack of books can make someone's day.  Want to make a difference?  Check out the Homebound program. 

  • Homework Zone

    Help a student finish tonight's homework at the Homework Zone!  Our volunteers provide help doing homework for k-12.  

  • Organization

    Do you love to get rid of clutter, keep things neat and tidy?  We can use your help!  Keeping the library in order helps us keep our resources accessible.  We have several different programs that look for people who have great skills in organization.

  • Returning books to the shelves

    Books fly on and off our shelves everyday.  Help us keep them in order and easily accessible.  

  • Science

    Do you have an interest in science?  Do you like to help others develop that interest too?  We have opportunities at the library!

  • Shelf Reading

    Do you have attention to detail?  Notice when things are out of place?  Are you patient?  Do you like keeping things in order?  Shelf readers watch diligently over the books in our library to make sure that they are all in the right place, so we can find them at the right time!

  • Sorting book donations

    Everyday we are given hundreds of books.  We love it!  And we need help making sure they get to the right places.  Whether it's just the book we've been looking for to add to our collection, or a great book donate to the "Friends of the Library" to sell, or to know when it's time to recycle them.  

  • Special Events

    Want to help, but can't commit weekly?  We have special programs that need hosts and ushers.  Please come welcome guests and set up and clean up our library programs.

  • Summer Reading Program

    Can you imagine 200 youth volunteers engaging with hundreds of young readers?  The Summer Reading Program draws this kind of crowd.  Kids get prizes for completing their reading, help to figure out hard words and passages.  It's fun for everyone and a really special thing for our community.

  • Teaching adults to read

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    What would it feel like if you couldn't read?  Many in our community are struggling with this very thing but the library has a program that has helped hundreds and continues to offer hope to our community.  Help an English speaking adult learn to read and write English through our Adult Literacy Program.

  • Test proctoring

    Could you imagine having to pay $50 just to take an exam?  The library offers free test proctoring and has saved our patrons hundreds of dollars as they increase their personal skills and learning.

  • Working with Children

    Do you love kids?  The library offers several programs specifically designed to engage our younger clientele.  Come be a part of investing in the lives of the next generation of leaders!

  • Working with Seniors

    Do you have a heart for older adults?  We have a few programs that serve this integral part of our community.  


Cole Library

Activity Start Date End Date Status  
Cole Children's Homework Zone Assistant

The Homework Zone enlists dedicated volunteers to provide homework assistance to students and study skill direction. Applicants should have patience and leadership ability. Interest in education is helpful, but you do not need to be an expert in math or science to apply. Volunteers commit to two hours per week after-school (approx. 3-5pm or 4-6pm) for a full semester. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed at Centro de Información (Spanish Library)

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Children's Library Assistant
Assist Children's Librarian with miscellaneous tasks.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Children's Saturday Stories
On Saturday mornings volunteers provide a half-hour story time for young children. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and enjoy spending time with children. Volunteers must commit to one Saturday story time per month for 6 months. Leading a story time requires a very energetic, animated, outgoing personality and a love of small children.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Children's Summer Reading Program
The main objective of this program is to encourage children to read. Teenage volunteers (sixth grade and up) donate their time to listen to children’s oral book reports. The application period is in early May of every year. Contact the Children’s division at your preferred location for the SRP application. Dove Library 602-2047, Cole Library 434-2897, Centro de Información 729-6907.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Circulation
Assist in organizing, shelving, straightening and shelf-reading of library stacks.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Genealogy

Assist Genealogy Department (training provided), flexible hours.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole History Room
To identify and accurately record important facts from mid-1900’s Carlsbad newspapers. This information will become part of a larger database documenting Carlsbad history. Newspaper Indexing: Read newspaper articles and identify important historical facts. Transcription: Accurately handwrite this data onto appropriate records forms. Attention to detail is very important.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Reference Homebound Program
If you are interested in selecting books and delivering them to citizens who cannot come to the Library, then this program is for you. You choose your own time, meet with the homebound individual, select material, and deliver it. Many of these people have little or no company, and seeing our volunteers with library materials brings great joy.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Reference Periodicals
Organize, label and rotate current periodical materials according to name and date. Accurately read and identify improperly shelved periodicals and return to correct location. Commit to a regualr schedule to keep area organized.
    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Cole Reference/ Donation Sort

Help us find "hidden gems of text" in our book donations! Tasks include moving donated materials into the Library, categorizing and pre-sorting the books and magazines. Track inventory for monthly documentation. Pushing carts of books to various locations in the Library

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
eBook Tutor

Volunteers assist Librarians with one on one tutoring for patrons who wish to learn to download books to their electronic reading devices

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

Dove Library

Activity Start Date End Date Status  
Book circulation

Assist in organizing, shelving, straightening and shelf-reading of library stacks.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Book donations

Moving donated materials into the Library, categorizing and pre-sorting books and magazines - determining where donations should be routed, tracking inventory. Help us find the "hidden" gems of text" in our book donations.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Collections and Technical Services Assistant

May include a variety of assigned duties as needed in office and/or assisting with concerts at the Schulman Auditorium.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Computer tutor

Assist Dove reference desk

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
eBook Tutor

Volunteers assist Librarians with one on one tutoring to patrons who wish to learn how to download books to their electronic reader devices

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Homework Zone Assistant

The Homework Zone enlists dedicated volunteers to provide homework assistance to students and study skill direction. Applicants should have patience and leadership ability. Interest in education is helpful, but you do not need to be an expert in math or science to apply. Volunteers commit to two hours per week after-school (approx. 3-5pm or 4-6pm) for a full semester. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed at Centro de Información (Spanish Library).

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Saturday Stories

On Saturday mornings volunteers provide a half-hour story time for young children. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and enjoy spending time with children. Volunteers must commit to one Saturday story time per month for 6 months. Leading a story time requires a very energetic, animated, outgoing personality and a love of small children.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Science Saturday

Volunteers assist Science Program leader with groups of preschool and elementary aged children to inspire and instill a love of science.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Summer Reading Program

The main objective of this program is to encourage children to read. Teenage volunteers (sixth grade and up) donate their time to listen to children’s oral book reports. The application period is in early May of every year. Contact the Children’s division at your preferred location for the SRP application. Dove Library 602-2047, Cole Library 434-2897, Centro de Información 729-6907.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Test proctor

Provide a free by-request proctor service to library patrons taking written and online exams. Number of hours varies. Location - Dove.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

Library Learning Center

Activity Start Date End Date Status  
Adult Literacy Tutor

Formerly the Adult Learning Program, this program offers free literacy tutoring in reading and writing for English-speaking adults. Both traditional and computer based literacy skills are taught. Adult volunteer tutors work on a one-to-one basis with adult learners, meeting twice a week, 1 ½ hours per session. Day and evening tutoring is offered. Tutor training is provided. Volunteer qualifications include patience, adaptability, empathy and ability to commit to a weekly schedule. (Applicants may contact Literacy for Life at 760-931-4510 directly for details.)

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Circulation     1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Homework Zone Assistant

Bilingual services provides books, audiobooks, videos, DVDs, music, magazines, newspapers and brochures in English and Spanish, and offers bilingual programs for adults and children, as well as free Spanish language basic computer classes and Homework Zone. The Homework Zone enlists dedicated volunteers to provide homework assistance and study skill direction. Applicants should have patience and leadership ability. Interest in education is helpful, but you do not need to be an expert in math or science to apply. Volunteers commit to two hours per week after-school (approx. 3-5pm or 4-6pm) for a full semester. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Adults and youth entering their junior or senior year in high school may apply. Being bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful, but not required.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Summer Reading Program

Bilingual services provides books, audiobooks, videos, DVDs, music, magazines, newspapers and brochures in English and Spanish, and offers bilingual programs for adults and children, as well as free Spanish language and basic computer classes. A Summer Reading Program is also offered. The main objective of this program is to encourage children to read. Teenage volunteers (sixth grade and up) donate their time to listen to children’s oral book reports. The application period is in early May of every year. Contact the Children’s division at your preferred location for the SRP application. Dove Library 602-2047, Cole Library 434-2897, Library Learning Center/ Bilingual Services 931-4509.

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

Mission Statement

The Library is the destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning and cultural enrichment for those who live, work and play in Carlsbad.

The Library provides community members of all ages with convenient access to high quality resources and services to inform and enrich individual and community life.

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