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Hillview Branch Library1600 Hopkins DriveSan Jose, CA 95122

A Friend works in our children's book sale nook.


The Friends of the Hillview Library are looking for some new members to help manage our book sale space in the library. Activities include: merchandizing books, tidying and organizing book sale space, developing occasional displays to highlight books for sale, and creating signage in the library and around book sale area. Friends also sort the book donations the library receives, which eventually end up in the book sale nook for purchase by the public. Some of our team also support the library by selling donated books online through our Amazon account.

This is a GREAT volunteer position for someone who likes a quiet space to work by themselves or with a small group of people, and who does not do a lot of customer interaction. Friends also put on occasional book sales at the library (at most, once a quarter), which generate the majority of the funding Hillview Library uses for children, teen and adult programming as well as acquiring special publications or collections. In turn, the book sale space provides the Hillview community with access to high-quality, low-cost reading materials.

We ask that you volunteer at least 3 hours per month. We will train you on the process of sorting and organizing donations, as well as merchandizing. Once you are trained, you can work whenever you want, as long as the library is open!

This is a great way to become more engaged with your community and meet other individuals dedicated to the library, literacy and the community it serves. Hillview Friends are open to your suggestions for alternative ways to assist us, such as helping sell our books on Amazon or at special events (versus working at the library).

About the Friends: The Friends of San José Public Libraries are wonderful volunteers that support, advocate and raise funds for a library. Each Friends group supports a specific San José Public Library branch with book sales and other activities. The time commitment is small but the rewards are huge! Every volunteer makes a measurable impact in the funds that Friends raises for the Library's life-enriching programs and services.


  • Advertising
  • Organization
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Fundraising
  • Merchandising
  • Retail / Sales

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours a month

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