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, you will need to complete a Volunteer Application and meet with a library staff member. The completed application may be faxed to (714) 771-6126 (Attn: Library Volunteer Coordinator) or dropped off at the Library.
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.
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.
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.
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. For more information call (714) 288-2467.
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.
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.
R.O.A.R. volunteers read to children, assist library staff with children's programs or 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.
T.A.G. Teen Advisory Group
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.
We are looking for teens with leadership, organizational, and creative skills. TAG members must be reliable and available to meet once a month from October to May. 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.
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.
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. Teen Volunteers help after school from either 4-6pm or 6-8pm and some Saturday opportunities are available. Teen Volunteer orientations take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4-5pm (Sept. – March). Summer Teen opportunities are available (information available starting in April).
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 and should be energetic, enjoy working with others, be willing and able to follow directions, have patience, and able to commit to and keep scheduled hours.
Volunteers staff the Welcome Desk, greeting library users two hours per week.
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.