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How You Can Help

Thanks for your interest; the library is currently not seeking volunteers due to COVID-19. 

The Carlsbad City Library offers numerous ways to give back to the community. Whether helping students with homework or delivering books to those who can’t get to the library, volunteers play an integral role in making Carlsbad City Library a great place to learn, read and connect with others. 

Check out all of the opportunities here.

Summer Reading Volunteer Program

Special summer reading volunteer opportunities exist for teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall who enjoy working with children, possess good communication skills and are comfortable using a computer. Visit sra.carlsbadca.gov for more information.


  • Must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Most positions require a commitment of one to three hours per week for at least six months.
  • Background checks are required for certain volunteer positions.

Becoming a Volunteer: Currently on Hold Due to COVID-19

  • Step 1: Application. Fill out and submit an application. Applications are not currently being accepted.
  • Step 2: Orientation. Attend a volunteer orientation to learn about our program. 
  • Step 3: Interview. Meet one-on-one with the volunteer coordinator to talk about available volunteer positions. Note: volunteer openings are limited.
  • Step 4: Background check or testing. Some of our positions require a background check (when working with children and/or seniors) or a short test (when shelving books).
  • Step 5: Training. The supervisor for the position will contact you and set up a training date.
  • Step 6: Volunteer! You will be able to set up a schedule with your supervisor based on your availability and the requirements of the position.
    (Note: It takes between 3-5 weeks to go from Step 2 to Step 6.)

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations Are Currently on Hold Due to COVID-19

  • Please check back for orientation dates. Thank you for your interest!