Library - Berryessa Branch

Library Services - Extra Hours Teen Volunteer

If you have some extra time and would like to assist our staff in serving the community by maintaining program equipment at the Berryessa Branch of the San Jose Public Library, this is the opportunity for you.

This opportunity is not structured in a way to help teens develop the leadership and teamwork skills that colleges and companies desire. If you are interested in an opportunity where you can practice more leadership and teamwork skills, please sign up for our Teens Reach Opportunity: details below.

Duties and Responsibilities

Process seeds for the Seed Library

Process/Inventory Wee Play and Learn Activity Boxes

Process Storytime Toys so that they are ready for use

Other Duties as Assigned

Expected Commitment

Extra Hours Volunteers are expected to volunteer in some capacity at least one hour per quarter.

Dress Policy

Each volunteer represents the City to library customers. Your appearance contributes to the overall impression that our City portrays. Clothing appropriate to a casual business environment is expected as all volunteers are expected to present an image that is both professional and appropriate for their working conditions. And for your safety, please avoid wearing open-toed shoes.


  1. Review the Volunteer Handbook, which will be emailed to you, and be aware of the following branch-specific policies.
    1. In some instances, your hours will be logged for you, but it is still your responsibility to make sure that all hours that you have volunteered will be credited to you.
    2. The volunteer handbook says to contact your Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement if you will be late or absent, however, as you are a teen volunteer, I am you onsite supervisor, so you will contact me if you are going to be late or absent from a shift you sign up for.
    3. Please avoid using electronic devices if they will interfere with completing your assigned volunteer tasks.
    4. Please avoid visiting with friends who are not volunteering with you, and please avoid inviting friends to hang out with you while you volunteer.
    5. Avoid eating or drinking on the public floor (bottled water is permissible). You may take a break to eat if volunteering for 4 hours or more in a day. Please inform me when you are taking a break.
    6. Avoid bringing a child/sibling you must supervise.
    7. While we will allow you to use onsite lockers to store valuables, please make sure to bring your own lock, and the library cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
  2. Sign and submit the volunteer signature form.
  3. Additionally, you will be required to attend an orientation.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

As volunteers are needed for other programs and services, we will email all volunteers. Please check your email regularly.

Additionally, if you are interested in taking a more active role in how programs and services are delivers to teens and the general public, please sign up to be an Teens Reach Member: only one application is necessary. Volunteers with our Teens Reach are required to attend meetings once a month. This is also a great way to meet other teens who are volunteering at the library.

Policy for References and Letters of Recommendation

As volunteers in this program will not receive a regular schedule, and accomplishments will vary, requests for employment references and letters of recommendation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Teens Reach Coordinator: Shih Fa Kao.

What's Next?

We process volunteer applications once a month. Please wait for us to reply to your application with a time to arrange an interview. To prepare for your interview, please think about your academic/personal/career goals for volunteering at the Berryessa Branch Library.

Thank you for your patience during this process. If you are not getting a response after a month, please check your SPAM folder for emails sent from and unmark them as SPAM. If you still cannot find them, please send me an email at

Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 13+