Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Date Open
Sun CLOSED
Mon 9am - 5pm
Tue 9am - 5pm
Wed 9am - 5pm
Thu 9am - 5pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat CLOSED

Contact

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

Would you like to volunteer your time to work with us? If you love your local library, join Friends of the San Antonio Public Library and support your branch. We appreciate your support!

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

If you are available for these opportunities, please contact Veronica Anderson at the email address below to set up an appointment, for an application, or for further information.

Children's Librarian Volunteer Assistant San Antonio Public Library-Potranco Branch
San Antonio, TX
The Potranco Branch Library is looking for a volunteer to assist the Children's Librarian with story time tasks. Duties included crowd control, collecting head count/#of attendees and disinfecting ...
Great for 55+
Children's Program Volunteer Assistant San Antonio Public Library-Great Northwest
San Antonio, TX
The Great Northwest Branch Library is looking for a volunteer to assist with summer reading sign-up, to greet families, and assist children and parents during summer programs.
Great for 55+
Mayor's Book Club Kick-off, Cortez Branch Library
May 12, 2018
San Antonio, TX
Event help needed for setting up, running stations and event clean up. Nothing too strenuous and should be a fun event focusing on animal welfare. ...
Great for Teens, 55+
Teen Volunteer Program Volunteer-Westfall Branch Library, San Antonio Public Library
San Antonio, TX
The Westfall Branch Library is looking for a teen volunteer as a Program Assistant. The hours are 5:00 -7:00 Wednesdays. All volunteers must pass a Criminal Background ...
Great for Teens
Volunteer Chess Instructor San Antonio Public Library-Cortez Branch
San Antonio, TX
The Cortez Branch Library is looking for volunteers to teach basic chess lessons to the public. These lessons will be free to the community. The ideal candidate ...
Great for 55+
Volunteer Chess Instructor San Antonio Public Library-Encino Branch
San Antonio, TX
TheEncino Branch Library is looking for volunteers to teach basic chess lessons to the public. These lessons will be free to the community. The ideal candidate will ...
Great for 55+
Volunteer Chess Instructor San Antonio Public Library-Potranco Branch
San Antonio, TX
The Potranco Branch Library is looking for volunteers to teach basic chess lessons to the public. These lessons will be free to the community. The ideal candidate ...
Great for 55+
Volunteer Foreign Language Instructor San Antonio Public Library-Potranco Branch
San Antonio, TX
The Potranco Branch Library is looking for volunteers to teach basic foreign language classes to the public. These lessons will be free to the community. The ideal ...
Great for 55+
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Spotlight

Learn about some of the extraordinary library volunteers and how they help the library.


Pedro Lopez

Mr. Pedro Lopez has offered his services to the San Antonio Public Library Circulation Unit through volunteering since 2003.  Since then, he has dedicated over 1100 hours volunteering on Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons shelving DVDs and Music CDs in the Central Library Media Area.

Pedro has been especially helpful with patrons when it comes to movie nostalgia.  He is knowledgeable of foreign films and is very helpful in assisting patrons looking for particular movies.  Pedro, who is originally from Spain, has traveled back to his home country and other locations during his time with Circulation and would always mail our unit a postcard from wherever his feet have landed!  Many Patrons and staff have complimented Pedro on his stories about his life in Spain and other places he has visited.  He has always been a polite and respectful person who has been recognized as part of our crew and he will be dearly missed by staff and patrons