Sunday, July 5, 2020

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Volunteer Services
San Antonio Public Library
Central Library, 4th Floor
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205
210.207.2631

Staff

Veronica “Ronee” Anderson

Veronica “Ronee” Anderson
Coordinator

Volunteer

COVID-19 Update for San Antonio Public Library Volunteers
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the San Antonio Public Library has put a hold on the volunteer program. This is to comply with City of San Antonio social distancing requirements implemented to keep staff and volunteers safe. The library will not be able to accept new volunteer applications until volunteer activities have resumed. Please check this site or the San Antonio Public Library Social Media channels for updates.

Get involved

The work of every volunteer supports our library system.

Volunteering can be rewarding

Volunteering just a few hours of your time each week can lead to several positive results:

  • You'll meet new people
  • Have new experiences
  • Gain valuable information about what your library has to offer
  • Gain a sense of satisfaction from helping others.
A few ways you might volunteer...
  • Assist with children's activities
  • Check the Library's web links
  • Help keep our video, DVD and CD collections in order
  • Help others with genealogy research or help maintain our Texana information
  • Help set up exhibits
  • Keep periodical materials in order
  • Share your knowledge and talents at the Central Library or your neighborhood branch library
  • Shelve books
  • Work with special projects or maintain library materials.
What we look for in a volunteer
  • Age 14 years and up
  • Possess personal qualities of maturity and reliability
  • Willing to serve as a member of the library team
  • Flexible, willing and committed to perform duties assigned in a responsible manner
  • Be willing to adhere to library policies and rules.
How to Volunteer

Volunteering is easy! Email our staff about volunteering. We'll help you decide where your talents and interests can best help the San Antonio Public Library serve others.

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FAQ’s

  • What is the minimum age to volunteer at the San Antonio Public Library?
    All volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Some assignments may have a higher minimum age.
  • How to apply to be a San Antonio Public Library Volunteer.
    Applications are available at any San Antonio Public Library Location or can be downloaded and printed. Applicants should apply directly to the location at which they want to volunteer. 
  • How long does it take to get started?
    It can take up to 2 weeks to get started maybe longer if there are no openings immediately. All volunteers must submit to a background check that is sent to the City of San Antonio Human Resources Department. 
  • What is the minimum time commitment?
    We require that volunteers commit to at least 24 hours of service which can be served over 3-6 months. 
  • Does the San Antonio Public Library participate in Court Ordered Volunteer Restitution programs?
    At this time the library does not offer court ordered community service hours. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department offers a “Court Ordered Service Program”. There are opportunities available 7 days a week. 
  • Does the Library have opportunities for groups to volunteer?
    SAPL has very limited group volunteer activities throughout the year; group leaders should contact Ronee Anderson at 210.207.2631. The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library run the “Book Cellar”, a used book store in the basement of the Central Library and can often use the help of groups of volunteers. The Book Cellar phone number is 210.227.9519. 
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?
    Please email volunteer coordinator.

Volunteer Positions & Locations

No volunteer positions available at this time. 
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Learn about some of the extraordinary library volunteers and how they help the library.

Kayla Oulch - Original ArtKaylah Oulch

Kaylah Oulch, aka Circles, is a McCreless Teen Volunteer. She started volunteering in April 2019. She quickly became a staff favorite as she demonstrated an attention to detail and a maturity beyond her years. She has accumulated almost 150 volunteer hours. Kaylah is 16 years old and will be starting her junior year in the Fall at Travis Early College High School. Kaylah recently became Teen Services Volunteer Discord moderator and Dungeon Master for the Virtual D&D Zoom programs. She has enthusiastically embraced virtual programing and is contributing her imagination and creativity to the process. 

We appreciate all the work that she has done to enhance Teen Services.