Shelving: Help organize, shelve and straighten books and Media materials, and perform routine shelf checks to ensure materials have been processed correctly. Knowledge of basic alphabetical and numerical filing is required.
Book Holds: Process books to be placed on the hold shelf for pick-up, and when needed, call patrons to remind them that their book is available to checkout. Volunteers will pull cancelled books, file hold slips and perform other duties that support the Circulation Services Desk.
Volunteer Computer Coaches provide one-on-one assistance to the library patrons in basic computer skills and internet use. Our volunteer computer coaches help patrons every day, whether it's helping a patron in establishing their first email account, a job seeker formatting a resume, or a student just beginning with word processing. Volunteers are also needed to design and teach computer classes.
Friends of the Children's Library
Joining the Friends of the Children's Library (FOTCL) provides a variety of ways to participate. This support group is dedicated to promoting children's interest in literature, reading and use of the library. They sponsor fun, educational and literary events for children that include: the Festival of Folktales, which kicks off the Summer Reading Program; an Annual Authors Festival; the Grandparents and Books program; and a special event, such as a magic or puppet show, each month. The FOTCL is instrumental in organizing the annual Taste of Huntington Beach, which is a major fundraiser for the Children's Library. The FOTCL holds an open meeting the first Friday of each month at 9:15 am at the Central Library.
Friends of the Library
This volunteer group coordinates and manages fundraising projects that are essential to the library's book collection and programming. Please join them in supporting your library
With the supervision of the Homework Club Coordinator, volunteers will help elementary and junior high students complete homework assignments and improve their study skills.
Homework Club is offered at various library locations and times during the week.
Story Time and Reading Volunteer program : S.T.A.R.
Read aloud to small groups of children. View a PowerPoint presentation to see what being a STAR reader is all about. Contact: Susan Foster for more information.
The Orange County Genealogical Society needs volunteers to assist others with family research, and to provide information and instruction on the Library's genealogical collection. Call (714) 842-4481 Ext. 2227 for more information.
Adult Literacy Services needs volunteers to help adults improve their basic reading, writing, and speaking skills. Literacy offers tutor training workshops at Central Library. After participants successfully complete the workshop, they are matched with adult learners for weekly two-hour tutoring sessions on a schedule to be determined by them.
The Family Literacy Program, based at Oak View Branch Library, needs volunteers to help parents learn to understand, speak, read and write English. Volunteers help parents reach many goals like reading with children, communicating with teachers or improving job skills. After attending a 15 hour tutor training workshop, volunteer tutors meet 1.5 – 2 hours weekly either one-on-one or with a small group of adults.
These special neighborhood libraries have an ongoing need for volunteers to help patrons locate materials, check books in and out, and shelve items.
Branches also welcome volunteers to help with the Homework Club and Grandparent and Books programs. To volunteer at a branch, please contact the branch directly:
Since its inception in 2016, the Homeless Task Force has had more than 1,600 occasions to assist individuals with housing referrals, mental and physical health referrals, bus passes, DMV forms, gas cards, food, mailing addresses, and family reunifications