Volunteer to Sort Donations

We work in teams of 4 or 5 to take in all the donations of books and media, and then sort them for use by Online Sales, the Lobby Shop or Book Sales. At the moment we have 3 teams that each work a single 2-hour shift on Monday, Friday or alternate Saturdays.

Your main tasks will be to assess the sellable nature of each donation using clear and written guidelines and box then for use by our three sales outlets. Training is provided and assistance is available on each shift.

If you would like to join wonderful people, be part of a critical function of the Friends and see the breadth of subject matters available, apply to be a Sorting volunteer.

Apply to be a Sorting volunteer

Feel free to contact us with questions, at 650-526-7031 or fmvlvolunteers@gmail.com. Or download then print our volunteer application (PDF) and mail it back to us.

Some Frequently Asked Questions: Processing Donations

Q: Where is all this work done?
A: In the back of the Library next to the Bookmobile garage.

Q: How can I volunteer to process donated materials?
A: Apply using our volunteer application mail-in form (PDF) and check the sorting box. We will contact you for scheduling options.

Q: How long is a volunteer shift?
A: Most people take a single 2-hour shift each week on Monday morning or Friday afternoon.  Saturday shifts are 90 minutes long.  (Wednesday shifts are pending volunteer support.)

Q: When would I be volunteering?
A: You tell us what time(s) and day(s) you are available, and we match that to openings in the  schedule.

Q: Do I need to be a library or book expert?
A: No, the Library’s professional staff handles Library issues and we will train you on all the ins and outs of our processing guidelines.