Adult Volunteer Program

What is the Adult Volunteer Program?

The Adult Volunteer Program offers opportunities in many areas of library service, from "up front and personal" to "behind the scenes" and several areas in between. All assignments provide opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.

Currently, there is a need for:

  • Children's and Reference Desk assistance, various shifts Involves helping patrons find the materials/information they are looking for. Other tasks involve overseeing use of the public Internet computers (limited technical assistance needed) and shelving books during quiet times. Service desks require good customer service and problem-solving skills. Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday-Friday.
  • Friends of the Library Gift Store Requires good customer service skills and the ability to push a cart of books up the ramp on occasion. Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday-Friday.

Service Desks

Provide front-line customer service at one of our three service points: the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk, and the Children's Desk. Ideal for individuals with strong customer service skills and the ability to multi-task.


Get a sneak peak at incoming materials through processing, mending, and sorting donations. Ideal for detail-oriented individuals with good small-motor skills.


Work independently but among the public providing occasional directional assistance to the general public. Ideal for detail-oriented individuals.  

Gift Shop

Enjoy meeting people in a retail environment working in the Gift Shop, located just off the lobby--a delightful boutique filled with unique merchandise, educational gifts and gently-used books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. 


All positions require an on-going weekly commitment of one day, 2 to 3 hours, a positive attitude, and a desire to be part of the cornerstone of this community. 

Application Process

Library volunteers are representatives of the city and, as such, applicants undergo a thorough on-boarding process:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Reference Checks
  4. Background Check (fingerprinting)
  5. Orientation and Training

Submitting Your Application

Applicants must be 18 years or older. 
Applications can be submitted online and are available in hard copy in the Library. Submit to:
Suzanne Robitaille, Volunteer Coordinator
Paso Robles City Library
1000 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Not Quite Ready to Commit to a Weekly Shift?

Share some of your time with one of the Library's non-profit organizations-- Friends of the Paso Robles Library or the Paso Robles Library Foundation. Through fun events and fundraising campaigns, both generate additional revenue for Library programs and materials and rely on community support. Or, apply to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Five community members, appointed by the City Council, advise and make recommendations to city management on ways to address the information needs of the community.

Questions? Contact: Suzanne Robitaille, Library Volunteer Coordinator at 
805.237.3870 or