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Select from one of our volunteer opportunites:

Promote Digital Literacy | Traveling Storytime | Project Read | Library Foundation | Teen Volunteers | Friends of the Library| Special Needs | IT Volunteer

Promote Digital Literacy

NEW! Library customers come to our libraries with a wide array of technology questions and experience with computers. They may need help with understanding their new eReader, getting a Facebook account, or starting a resume. Many are seniors, English language learners, or computer beginners. Help increase digital literacy in our community at our drop-in technology labs or by teaching classes.

For more information on our digital literacy program, email us.

Traveling Storytime: Read to Children

Join Traveling Storytime and read to preschoolers each week at a Redwood City preschool or home day care. Only 30 minutes a week will make a huge difference in a child's life.

In 2008, the Traveling Storytime Program celebrated the milestone of having read to 100,000 children since it began in 2001. The program was honored with a City Council Proclamation letter, presented by Mayor Rosanne Foust, honoring the volunteers for their, "exemplary and tireless efforts to enhance literacy in our community".

For more information, visit our Traveling Storytime pages.
Project READ: Be a Tutor

It's easy to become a Project READ volunteer tutor!

For information on our upcoming tutor training programs, call us at 650-780-7077 or see our web page.

Library Foundation

The mission of the Redwood City Library Foundation is to increase financial support for the library's services, collections, and programs.

For more information on the RCL Foundation, its programs, and contribution opportunities, please visit the Foundation website or email us.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

You can earn community service hours and do things like help the Library Teen Council create posters and flyers, plan and run events for teens, and help maintain the library collection.

To apply fill out an application on the 2nd floor of the Downtown library.

Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

Visit the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library website!

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library is made up of people like YOU who are committed to furthering the excellence of the Redwood City Public Library! We raise funds solely to benefit the library and make significant gifts to expand library collections, programs and services. We accept book donations and run a book store in the Main library. The Friends also volunteer for many library support services. Call 650-780-7098 to get more information about joining and volunteer opportunities.


The Friends operates a resale book store inside the Main Library to generate funds to support library programs and events. We accept donations of gently used hard cover and soft cover books, videos, and CDs. The donation box is situated inside the main library’s entrance; for large donations, come to the library’s back door for assistance.

We do not accept: magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, text books more than 5 years old, medical/nursing manuals, or training or company manuals. Please do not donate anything that is soiled, torn or has been in storage.

Help With Special Needs

Choose and/or deliver library materials to homebound and disabled residents. New volunteers are needed and welcome! Call 650-780-7041 for more information.

IT Volunteer
  1. Clean IT equipment
  2. Help with special projects
  3. Help with surplus items

New volunteers are needed and welcome! call 650-780-7064 or email for more information.





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