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Volunteer Opportunities

How to Volunteer

The Palos Verdes Library District welcomes volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering with the Palos Verdes Library District and are at least 14 years old, please complete the online volunteer application and indicate skills/interest and availability. Applicants will be contacted as volunteer opportunities become available. For more information, please call (310) 377-9584, ext. 248, or email

Volunteer Opportunities

Please note that volunteer opportunities are limited and not all opportunities may be available at this time. 

Computer Docents

Computer Docents work alongside a librarian to assist library patrons in using the Library's public computers. They assist with general questions on printing, accessing the internet, Microsoft Office, and general troubleshooting. 

Internet Book Sales 

Internet Book Sales consist of two main roles- listing and shipping. On the listing side, volunteers check donated items for wear and tear, research pricing, and list full item descriptions online for potential buyers. Once an item is purchased our shipping team packages books and uses a computer system to synchronize the shipping process. All profits benefit the Peninsula Friends of the Library’s support of the District.

Library Gift Shop

The Library Shop in the Peninsula Center Library is staffed completely by volunteers. Primarily a retail position, volunteers in this role assist customers in finding items and processing sales. All profits benefit the Peninsula Friends of the Library’s support of the District.

Local History Docents

The Local History Docents work in the Local 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.


We process passport applications at all PVLD Library locations. Passports is a popular service (especially on the weekends) and it is often very busy with applicants eager to obtain a passport book and/or card. Volunteers assist by checking in appointments, reminding patrons about all necessary items, assisting with photocopying, and answering general questions. Volunteers may also assist with taking passport photos. 

Technical Services

Technical Services volunteers assist with a variety of services including processing and shelving newspapers and magazines, repairing books, cleaning CDs and DVDs, and assisting with special projects.


TechKnows is a monthly tech-help program aimed at assisting adults and seniors with technology troubleshooting. The majority of the assistance to participants in need of tech help is provided by volunteers. Volunteers for this program will need to attend an informational training session where they will receive training on PVLD eResources and basic customer service skills to ensure friendly and safe interactions with patrons.

Used Book Sales 

Our Used Book Sale has been a treasured community and library resource for many years. We accept donations from the community and offer a wide array of books, DVDs, records, and CDs at great prices! Inventory is refreshed regularly by our volunteers who also help to sort, mark, and shelve items. All profits benefit the Peninsula Friends of the Library’s support of the District.

Current Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering with the Palos Verdes Library District! All volunteer hours should be recorded via our online log. 

Volunteer Hours Log