Volunteer Opportunities


To apply for a volunteer position, please print an application and return it to the check-out desk at the Main Library, located at the corner of Ocean and Lincoln.

Shelver - help ensure that the library’s collections are in order and easily accessible to the public.

Outreach - make it possible for the Library to extend its services to homebound users. Each volunteer is assigned one or more clients and serves as a link between each client ​and the library. ​

Local History - help the library to maintain and enrich its unique collection of materials relating to Carmel-by-the-Sea and the surrounding communities. 

Programs - assist with library programs, or give a program in your area of expertise.

Book Processer - help the Technical Services Department ensure that new additions to the collection arrive on the shelves quickly and efficiently. 

Storytime Craft - contribute to the enrichment of children in the community by assisting library staff, parents and children in the preparation and creation of various theme-related crafts.

Student - fulfill your community service requirement through meaningful activities that contribute to the overall success of children’s reading services and programs. 

Ideal Volunteers:

  • Enjoy working with others
  • Have good interpersonal communication skills
  • Are accurate and attentive to detail
  • Are reliable and punctual

Some jobs will require additional capabilities, including:

  • Physical ability to lift heavy books
  • Physical ability to stoop and reach while shelving materials
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ability to use a keyboard

The safety of children and young adults using the library is our first concern... We require every prospective volunteer 18 or over to pass a background check via Live Scan fingerprinting.