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Art and Library History Tour Docent

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ORGANIZATION: San Jose Public Library - King Library

  • 13 people are interested

Did you know that there are 34 "sculptural insertions" integrated into Dr. Martin Luther King library? You can guide community members to the hidden gems of the Library. Comprehensive training is provided with a chance to learn about the inner workings of the Library. Multilingual speakers in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese are highly desired.

How You Will Make a Difference

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is the face and central location of the San Jose Public Library as well as San Jose State University. Library docents play a pivotal role in welcoming newcomers to the Library and the City of San José. Your main goal is to connect with library users and get them excited and engaged with the art in the Library.

Typical day/task

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Meet customers on the 1st floor of the MLK Library
  • Lead a 1 hour tour to familiarize customers and visitors with the library so that they leave feeling informed and engaged
  • Collect customer feedback by handing out feedback surveys
  • Adapt to customer needs and interests
  • Assist with special Library events and projects


  • Receive detailed training on Library art and history
  • Encourage lifelong learning to community members
  • Share and gain experience as a tour guide
  • Meet and network with a diverse group of people

Commitment/ schedule

Willingness to sign up for at least one one hour tour date a month . Willingness to assist with special library events and projects as needed.

Must be able to attend six 2 hour sessions in Mid May (final Dates TBD). Make up sessions will be available if you need to miss a session.


  • Prospective volunteers must be comfortable in engaging library users and visitors
  • Age 18 or over
  • Must complete a fingerprint background check (at no cost to you)
  • Language skills in Vietnamese, Spanish, and Chinese are a plus but not required

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About San Jose Public Library - King Library


150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112, US

Mission Statement

San José Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.



We strive to provide:

  • Library services that are known and valued by the culturally diverse community, resulting in use from the broadest base of the public.
  • A welcoming and lively cultural and lifelong learning center for the community.
  • Timely and accurate information assistance that will inform and empower the public.
  • Services and collections that are relevant to community needs, readily accessible, and easy to use.
  • A well-trained and highly capable staff that reflects the diversity of San José and works well together to provide quality service to all users.
  • Appropriate facilities which are inviting and well maintained.
  • Technology that appropriately expands and enhances service.
  • Defense of intellectual freedom and the confidentiality of each individual's use of the library.
  • A close working relationship with other libraries, community agencies and organizations that foster cooperation, making the most efficient and effective use of the taxpayer's resources.


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


150 East San Fernando StreetSan Jose, CA 95112



  • General Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Public Relations
  • Curating


  • People 55+


  • Background Check

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