Volunteerism exemplifies the true spirit of the Orange community, and we thrive through the personal contributions made by our volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available in nearly every area of the Library (see listing below).
If you wish to volunteer, please complete and submit the online Volunteer Application. If you have any questions, please contact the Library Volunteer Coordinator at (714) 288-2569.
Minimum Age and Characteristics
Volunteers must be 16 or older, with the exception of teen volunteers who may begin volunteering at age 13. Ideal volunteers will have a professional appearance, be customer service oriented, follow directions easily, and possess a warm, friendly and positive attitude.
All volunteers are required to go through a background process, which may include fingerprinting and/or drug screening, before they can volunteer with the Orange Public Library. After you turn in your application and are interviewed for a volunteer position you will be given authorization forms. This process is paid for by the City of Orange. Please note that City policy does not allow the library to accept court-referred volunteers.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Library Volunteer Coordinator. Please note that per City policy we are unable to accept court referrals for our volunteer program.
Please indicate which volunteer opportunities you are most interested in on the volunteer application. You may select more than one.
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.
Adult Literacy Tutoring
Help an adult improve his or her reading and writing. Become a literacy tutor at the Library! Training provided. Tutoring hours are flexible, 2-3 hours per week.
Volunteers work on a variety of projects and local history materials. This includes conducting research, organizing local history collections, and aiding the local history librarian with various tasks.
Bring stories to life by reading books to children in the library during pre-set times. 18 years of age and older.
ROAR Storytime Helper
Assist Children’s and Teen Services staff with their weekly storytime. 18 years of age and older.
ROAR Children’s Homework Helper
Children’s and Teen Homework Helpers assist youth (grades 1-6) with assigned homework in the Library’s after-school Homework Centers. 18 years of age and older.
ROAR Teen Homework Helper
Children’s and Teen Homework Helpers assist youth (grades 7-12) with assigned homework in the Library’s after-school Homework Centers. 18 years of age and older.
Teen Volunteer – Teen Advisory Group
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is looking for teens with leadership, organizational and creative skills. TAG members will meet once a month between October and May to create and plan programs, make collection wish lists and market the Library. TAG membership qualifies as community service and looks great on a resume! 13-18 years of age
Teen Volunteer – Program Help
Prep program supplies and help library staff set-up and take down library programs. Aid patrons in the completion of crafts and activities associated with the program. Count attendance and offer general program support. 13-18 years of age.
Teen Volunteer – General Help
Tasks to be completed as assigned may include: shelf- reading, toy and computer cleaning, general organization and special projects. 13-18 years of age.
Technology volunteers support library staff by assisting library users with the following basic tasks: logging in to the public computers, using the Sign-up station, using the Internet, creating/printing documents, and using copy machines, among other related tasks.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Orange Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises money for the Orange Public Library. Volunteers are needed for its Bookstore and Internet Sales. Bookstore volunteers are friendly, enjoy working with the public, handle money, sort donated books and stock shelves. Internet Sales volunteers should be familiar with good book selection, the Internet, and able to handle the packaging and mailing books to buyers. Volunteers are needed during Bookstore hours for 2-3 hour shifts. Volunteers are required to become Friends members and must pay a minimum $10 membership fee per year.