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Library Volunteers

Shelving books, cleaning book jackets, straightening books and many other jobs help the library staff provide excellent service to patrons.


If you would like to volunteer to help, visit a library near you or call the Library call center:

(209) 937-8221 from Stockton

(866) 805-READ (7323) from San Joaquin County


Tutoring Opportunities

Reading and Math are valuable life skills. You may be able to make a difference by giving your time to help.


If you are interested in teaching reading skills, our Literacy Services needs adult volunteers to tutor adult learners. Call (209) 937-7778 for more information.

We are looking for volunteer tutors who:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • are able to read and write competently in English;
  • will commit to volunteering for 3 hours a week for a 6 month minimum;
  • will be fingerprinted;
  • will attend tutor orientation, training, and other tutor in-service workshops.

Please contact the Adult Literacy program office to begin making a difference in someone's life by helping them learn to read. (209) 937-7778


Several of our branches offer Math tutoring to younger students. If you are interested in this type of volunteer work you are encouraged to call the library nearest you to see what opportunities are available.

(209) 937-8221 from Stockton

(866) 805-READ (7323) from San Joaquin County


Book Sale Help

Volunteers to work at the book store of the Friends of the Stockton Public Library are needed. Call (209) 476-9033 for more information. Other book sales in the county may need volunteers. Call (866) 805-READ (7323)  for more information.


Read It & Review Volunteering Opportunity

This is a virtual volunteering opportunity for teens age 13-18. Reviews are linked in our catalog and used for library advertising and promotional materials.


Volunteering Benefits:

•          Earn volunteer hours (1 hour per review, max. 15 hours per school year)

•          Make your voice heard in our community

•          Promote the books that you enjoy

•          Improve your writing skills

•          Experience to add to your resume



•          Age 13-18.

•          Live or attend school in San Joaquin County

•          Member of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library

•          Interested in reading and writing



•          Must read a book or listen to an audiobook in the library’s collection that you have never borrowed before.

•          Must write a personal review (150-250 words) that is suitable for publication.


Review Requirements:

•          Register and post a review on

•          Give it a rating out of 5 stars

•          Length of the review must be between 150-250 words

•          Write a short summary and give your personal opinion about the book

•          Share key points about the plot without giving away the entire story. No spoilers!

•          What did you like/dislike about this book? What would others like/dislike about it?

•          Share your thoughts about story elements: the setting, characters, plot, conflicts

•          Share your thoughts about the writing: length of the book, writing style, perspective


Review Verification Process:

•          Submit your review to within 7 days of posting.

            Note: The name on the review must match the name on your library card.


Once staff verifies that your review meets the above requirements, you will receive an email containing an attached volunteer verification letter. You will typically receive a reply within 5 business days.