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. 

Adult Volunteer Application(19+ yrs)  

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 Adult volunteer, please fill out the adult volunteer application and bring it to the front Information Desk.
You will then be contacted for an interview. 

Volunteers must be at least 13  years of age (depending on the job duty) and be willing to commit to at least 2 months of service. Teen volunteers work one shift a week for 2 hours. See descriptions of duties below. 

*Once your application is accepted, volunteers are notified of the day/time/location.

General Teen Volunteer Application* (Grades 8-12) - Year-round positions - NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME

Tech & Media Lab Teen Volunteer Application* 
Teen Advisory Board Application * (Grades 7-12) - NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME

Homework Center Teen Mentor Application * (Grades 9-12) - Applications can be found here and are due by Friday, December 15, 2023.
*Inquiries and applications are accepted from teens only please (no parents), in order to gauge the level of interest. Thank you for understanding.

For more information, call the Children's Desk at: 650-558-7400 ext. 3

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Do you enjoy writing? Add your voice to the Instagram teen blog by writing book, music, and movie reviews. Email miner@plsinfo.org for more information.  

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 alphabetizing sorting carts, filling displays, dusting, and straightening shelves. 

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. 

Plant Care (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.

Homework Center Mentor (Teen, grades 9-12)

Help younger students (grades K-8) who are struggling with school work. Mandatory training and GPA 3.5 required. Please see Homework Center application area for more details.

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.

Staff Assistant (Teen)
Teen volunteers assist our Children's Department  with staff various tasks they need help with such as registering people for the Summer Learning Challenge, collating information packets, putting together craft kits, stamping and/or labeling books, etc.  

Tech & Media Lab Assistant (Adult and Teen 9th gr+ )
  • Assist library patrons in using Tech Lab equipment: 3D printer, sewing machines, serger, conversion/archiving equipment, etc.
  • Inventory Tech Lab supplies
  • Update Tech Lab statistics
  • Perform light maintenance and troubleshooting on Tech Lab equipment
  • Create sewing and 3D printing projects to display in Tech Lab   
  • Have fun!
Outreach Delivery Person (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.

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. We meet from September through May each school year.  Please fill out the T.A.B. application.