Volunteer for the Oakland Public Library!

This page lists current adult volunteer opportunities with OPL and some of our Friends groups. Teen volunteers (ages 13-17) can find more information on the Teen Volunteer page.

Computer Tutor at the Elmhurst Branch Library

The Elmhurst Branch Library (1427 88th Avenue) is seeking a volunteer Computer Tutor to help patrons at this wonderful neighborhood library on Friday afternoons.

You can make a big impact by helping library patrons one-on-one with basic computer skills and with faxing, printing, and making copies.

Choose any 2-hour block while the library is open on Fridays (12:00-5:30 pm) and plan to make a regular commitment for at least six months. The library will promote your volunteer shift as a good time for patrons to come in for computer help.

If this sounds like the volunteer opportunity for you, please complete the OPL volunteer application to learn more!

Computer Tutor at the West Oakland Library

Make a difference in our community by volunteering as a Computer Tutor at the West Oakland Library! This beloved neighborhood branch library has a 6-station public computer lab that meets a great need in our community.

Duties includes helping patrons one-on-one with basic computer skills, such as: setting up Zoom and email accounts, assisting with Internet searches, helping with resume writing, completing online forms, using Microsoft Word and Google Suite, printing, etc.

Please plan on a regular 2-hour weekly commitment for at least six months. The greatest need is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The branch is conveniently located to public transit and has a free parking lot.

If you are patient, punctual, and reliable, have good communication skills, and enjoy working with others, please complete the OPL volunteer application and be sure to list the days and times you are available to volunteer.

Adopt a Spot Volunteers at OPL


  • The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (659 14th Street):  Help with community beautification at special events organized by the Friends-Stewards of AAMLO. Visit their website, opens a new window to learn more.
  • The Elmhurst Branch Library (1427 88th Avenue): Make this neighborhood library shine by picking up litter. Supplies are provided, and the timing is flexible. Email sdubois@oaklandlibrary.org to learn more.
  • Lakeview Branch Library (550 El Embarcadero):  Lakeview Friends host a group workday on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Volunteers are welcome to drop in and help with garden maintenance and litter clean-up.



Adult Literacy Tutors

Our Second Start adult literacy program has offered free and confidential literacy support for adults since 1984. Adult learners meet one-on-one with volunteer tutors who help them reach their reading and writing goals. Our office is on the second floor of the Main Library, and tutoring pairs meet at library branches throughout Oakland.

Second Start Volunteer Tutors:

  • are 18 years of age or older
  • speak English well enough to communicate with learners and staff
  • successfully complete tutor training
  • possess excellent interpersonal skills, including good listening and communication skills
  • understand Second Start’s mission and work
  • commit to meeting with a learner 3 hours per week for a minimum of six months

To apply, please complete the OPL volunteer application.


If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Sara DuBois, Coordinator of Grants & Volunteers, at sdubois@oaklandlibrary.org or 510-238-6572.

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