The library has a variety of areas (listed below) in which volunteers are needed to provide valuable services. To volunteer, you must fill out a Volunteer Application and meet with a library staff member. You may fax your completed and signed application to Library Admin, 714-771-6126 or come to the library and fill out and turn in an application
Volunteers, 16 or older, are required to be drug-tested and finger-printed per City policy, at the City's expense. Volunteers are also expected to work at least 30 hours over the duration of the time period they plan to volunteer.
Volunteers must be 16 or older, unless they are teen volunteers who may begin volunteering at age 13. The ideal volunteer will have the following characteristics: professional appearance, be customer service oriented, follow directions easily, and possess a warm, friendly and positive attitude. Please note that City policy does not allow the library to accept court referral volunteers.
If keeping the library well organized and looking great appeals to you, sign up to be a Lending Services volunteer. Volunteers are needed to sort, shelve and clean books. No experience required, hours are flexible and training is provided.
For more information, please call 714-288-2569.
Local History Volunteers
Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy genealogy? Do you like helping others in their research projects? The Orange Public Library & History Center offers you the opportunity to staff our History Center.
Located on the second floor of the Main Library, the History Center houses an extensive collection which includes photographs, books, documents, and ephemera all dealing with the history of the City of Orange.
Tasks include answering history related questions (in person and on the phone), shelving and arranging used materials, aiding in genealogy research, and handling of historic materials. The ideal volunteer would be knowledgeable about genealogy databases, library procedures, skilled with computers, and have good interpersonal skills.
R.O.A.R. volunteers read to children, assist library staff with children's programs and may choose to tutor children or teens in the Library's Homework Centers. Flexible hours (drop in or schedule in advance) are available anytime that the library is open. No experience is required and you will be trained by library staff to conduct storytimes.
For more information, please call the Children's Services Desk at 714-288-2420.
Tech volunteers support library staff by assisting library users with the following basic tasks: logging in to the public Internet computers, using the Sign-up station, using the Internet, creating/printing documents, and using copy machines among other related tasks.
For more information, please call 714-288-2569.
Summer Teen Volunteers Must be 13 years of age or older
Teen volunteers play a very important part at our library. Working under the supervision of the library staff, teen volunteers may assist with children's programs, create artwork and crafts, shelve books, and help with other duties as assigned.
The library is looking for teens interested in joining our new Teen Advisory Group (TAG). TAG volunteers will create and plan teen programs, suggest titles that the library might purchase, and market the library using social media, artwork, and the library’s website.
The library is looking for teens with leadership, organizational, and creative skills. TAG members must be reliable and available to meet once a month from February to May 2016. TAG membership qualifies as community service and would benefit any college or job application.
For more information, please call the Teen Services Desk at 714-288-2418.
Welcome Desk Volunteers
The Welcome Desk is the first point of contact for library users and provides basic general information about the Orange Public Library & History Center and the services the library provides.
Individuals should have a strong desire to help the library and the community. Should be energetic, enjoy working with others, be willing and able to follow directions, patient, and able to commit to and keep scheduled hours.
Volunteers staff the Welcome Desk, greeting library users 2 hours per week. For available days and hours, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 714-288-2569.
READ/OC Literacy Tutor Volunteers
READ/OC provides tutoring in basic reading and writing to adult learners throughout Orange County. Tutors are volunteers from the community with a passion for helping other adults gain literacy skills. No previous teaching experience is required. Tutoring is scheduled according to your convenience in a public location anywhere in Orange County. Most pairs meet at their local library. Ten of the 34 OC Public Libraries branches, as well as the city libraries of Anaheim and Orange, have established literacy centers with private tutoring space, computer access, and an extensive collection of literacy teaching materials.
Be at least 18 years old
Be able to speak, read, and write in English
Be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of adult learners
Be prepared to learn new teaching techniques, new ideas, and new experiences
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Additional Contacts for Volunteering
One OC, 714-953-5757
Orangewood Children’s Foundation, 714-619-0204
Orange County Rescue Mission, 714-258-4450
The Friendly Center, 714-771-5300
The Second Harvest Food Bank, 714-771-1343
Sara Tuckerman-Cluff, Court Referral Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-953-5757 ext. 170 (Alternative to fines and/or incarceration for misdemeanor offenders in OC.)