Volunteers serve an important and vital function at the Burlingame Public Library. Volunteers assist the staff in providing services to the public that make a Library visit a rewarding experience.
Teen volunteers work one shift a week for 2 hours. Adult volunteers (age 19+) work various shifts as needed. Weekend shifts are reserved for volunteers who have passed an initial probationary period and training.
If you are interested in becoming a Burlingame Library volunteer, please fill out the appropriate application and bring it to the Library Children’s Desk. You will then be contacted for an interview.
Click below to download a PDF application to fill out:
Adult Volunteer Application (19+ yrs)
General Teen Volunteer Application* (Grades 7-12)
Teen Advisory Board Application*(Grades 7-12)
*Inquiries and applications are accepted from teens only please (no parents), in order to gauge the level of interest. Thank you for understanding.
BPL Blog Contributor (Teen)
Do you enjoy writing? Add your voice to the teen blog (burlingamelibrary.weebly.com) by writing book, music, movie reviews; upcoming event notices and more!
Collection Maintainer (Adult & Teen)
The materials in the Library need constant straightening, sorting and maintaining in order to best serve our Library patrons. Volunteers are assigned sections of the collection to maintain by filling displays, dusting, straightening and sorting.
Computer Coach (Adult & Teen)
Utilize your computer and people skills by helping another person through one-on-one sessions at the Library. Many people need help navigating email, office software, social networking and more.
Green Thumb (Adult)
Use your growing talents to water and tend the outdoor plants on the Library terraces, as well as any indoor plants. Experience and ability to lift heavy pots a plus.
Library Foundation Book Sale Assistant (Adult)
Assist our volunteer-run Library Foundation in their efforts to fund our collections and programming by selling donated books. Sorting, organizing and book store shifts are always needed. Ability to lift heavy boxes a plus, but not required.
Media Manager (Adult & Teen)
The DVD, CD and Audiobooks collections are high-circulating and high-maintenance collections that we always need help with! This position includes helping to shelve, organize, clean and maintain our CD and DVD collections so patrons can easily find what they’re looking for.
Outreach Delivery of Materials for Home-Bound Patrons (Adult)
Many of our patrons are not able to leave their homes. Make a difference in someone’s life by delivering materials to them! Volunteers must be 18 and possess a valid driver’s license as well as good verbal communication and inter-personal skills; enjoy spending time with older adults; physically able to carry bags of books. Most deliveries are once every 2 weeks.
Program & Event Assistants (Adult & Teen)
Volunteers help make our Library programs and events experiences to remember. Assist our staff at craft programs, children’s shows, author events, lecture and movie series and more! Must be able to physically lift stacking chairs, move tables and rolling shelves.
Teen Advisory Board Member (Teen grades 7-12)
Join a group of like-minded teens to help the Library plan programs; promote the Library collection and services; advocate for the rights of teens and, in the process, gain leadership and community service skills and credits. Please fill out the T.A.B. application.