Volunteer with the Friends

Online Book Listing Volunteer 

Is your interest peaked by first editions, signed-by-author books, or truly valuable books? If you’re also computer-savvy or very willing to learn new programs . . .  Your Friends need you!

We have an online store with Amazon and we would like to assemble a group of volunteers to keep this virtual storefront as well stocked as possible!

We need volunteers who are willing:

  • To work closely with rare items
  • Use a scanner to find information about the books
  • Compile information about them onto Amazon spreadsheets
  • Make the books as presentable as possible
  • And pack the books into boxes to send to Amazon.

The Ideal candidate for this position is:

  • Computer-savvy or would love to learn a new program
  • Gives attention to detail, and
  • Has a general interest in books.

Get the first peek at some valuable books and help turn them into wonderful resources for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. We ask for a commitment of three hours every two weeks.  Contact henry@FSCPL.org for more information!

New Position: Book and Media Organizers

Your Friends are in need of volunteers with an eye of organization! Book and media organizers are the keystone to the success of our book sorting operation. Great opportunity for small groups or individuals. Perfect for students with community service requirements.

Keep the sorting room clean and organized, allowing volunteers to efficiently sort books. Work with the internet sales team, bookstore team, and book sorters. Tasks include: un-box new donations, pre-sort for quality, place donations into crates, break down cardboard boxes, and take out discard books. Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds unassisted.

How to Apply

To volunteer with Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, fill out and submit our online application or pick up an application at the Friends’ office in the Downtown Branch.

For more information, contact Henry Orozco, the Friends’ Volunteer Coordinator, at (831) 427-7716, ext. 5790 or by e-mail at henry@fscpl.org

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

To apply for any of the following volunteer positions, fill out our online application or contact Henry Orozco at henry@fscpl.org.  All volunteers will receive a volunteer training.


Book Sales Volunteer: Join the Friends in throwing our Big Book Sales twice a year! This position can involve moving boxes of books, monitoring sales & conversing with customers or cashiering.

Book Sorting: Go through donated books to determine what gets sold in our Friends Bookstore, in the lobby, and at our Big Book Sales.

Friends Bookstore.  The Friends Bookstore is one of the premier used book stores in town!  Expect to work 3 hrs/week every other week minimum. We’re looking for a volunteer to work with the Friends on what our Friends Bookstore at the Downtown Branch stocks, how it operates and what more we could bring to it. Bring your customer service and cashiering skills and sign up!

Also, please check out our internships!

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