Volunteer Opportunities

How to Volunteer

Fill out the online volunteer application and you will be contacted by the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the Peninsula Center Library.  In addition to the positions listed below, we also have volunteers scheduled in our Circulation, Technical Services, Facilities, Reference and Young Readers Departments.  For more information, please call (310) 377-9584, ext. 276 or email volunteer@pvld.org.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Day Volunteers

Day Volunteers at the Peninsula Center Library work a set work schedule each morning. Under the direction of the Day Chairpersons these volunteers prepare the library for opening by picking up and putting up any materials that may have been left out from the previous evening.  This can include processing newspapers, shelving circulating magazines, CDs, reference books, paperbacks, new magazines, microforms, file daily business table reports, and any other assigned duties.
 

The Library Shop

The Library Shop in the Peninsula Center Library is staffed completely by volunteers. Long-time volunteer manager, Aileen Hoy oversees the operation of the Shop. Her volunteers are buyers, display designers, and store salespersons. The profits from the Library Shop are used to fund projects for the District.

 

Book Sales

Currently we are looking for a person to train in the management of the Peninsula Center Book Sales Room.  The Book Sales volunteers are under the direction of long-time volunteer, Gene Roeder. These volunteers conduct sales of used books that have been donated to the District. The profits from the Book Sales are used to fund projects for the District. The volunteers sort and price the books for the sales and manage the on-line book sales. The sales are held monthly at the Peninsula Center location, annually at Miraleste, and monthly at Malaga Cove. At Miraleste, used books are sold during the week at the Book Nook.

The Malaga Cove and Miraleste Libraries also have volunteers.  Please call (310) 377-9584 ext. 276 for more information.

 

Docent Programs

There are two docent programs at the District:

  1. The Computer Docents assist Library patrons in using the Library's computer catalog, the Internet and Microsoft Office.
     
  2. The Local History Docents work in the History Room at the Peninsula Center Library, helping patrons access a wide variety of materials related to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and its past. They also work individually on projects geared to their interests, such as typing oral histories, scanning photographs, indexing materials, creating bibliographies, and encapsulating maps.

 

Passport Photo Assistants

We process passport applications and need Passport Photo Assistants to help out with:  1) taking & developing passport photos; 2) helping with "traffic control" where you'd make sure all those waiting for passport processing have all the information they need and are ready to go with the agent calls their name.  You need to speak and read English well for this position.

 

Day Volunteers

Six days a week we have volunteers who come in prior to the Peninsula Center library opening to do the following:  1)  get the periodicals & newspapers filed in their proper places; 2)  Go thorugh the library to make sure there are no items left out from the prior evening;  3) help with Circulation Department's Pages with various duties involving books, periodicals, etc.  Most Day Volunteers start at approximately 8:00 am and work for 2 hours.

 

Internet Book Sales

We have a booming business in Internet Book Sales.  We're looking for people who are early morning risers (8:00 - 9:00 am during the week) who can  volunteer 2 hours a week to help with various duties in this department.  1)  Research online for pricing the donations that we put online for sales & listing the sales;  2) packing and shipping of items that have been purchased online;  3) process emails and process returns.