Los Angeles Public Library

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


630 W. 5th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90071 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.


The Los Angeles Public Library is largest public research institution west of the Mississippi.

With more than 70 branch libraries and Central Library subject departments serving millions of Angelenos on a yearly basis, our programs are supported by thousands of volunteers in a variety of capacities. Whether providing one on one literacy tutoring, cutting out craft supplies for story time activities, helping serve summer lunch at the library, or serving as a Friend of the Library, all volunteers play a role in the work of LAPL.

If you would like to volunteer, but don't see a listing that matches your interests, please contact your local branch or the Volunteer Engagement Office. Opportunities and needs vary by location and fluctuate throughout the year.

Please note that the minimum age for volunteers is 14 (with the exception of 11-13-year-olds joining Teen Councils), minimum time commitments are required for most opportunities, adult volunteers working with children will be fingerprinted, and LAPL does not accept court-mandated community service.


Would you recommend Los Angeles Public Library?
4 reviews Write a review
by Janeesha J. (November 4, 2019)
I'm currently an adult literacy volunteer and I adore it. Its so fulfilling to help another person in this way!
by Monserrat M. from Winnetka, CA (May 19, 2018)
There is nothing more satisfying than helping those in need.
by Susy Janeth J. (December 6, 2017)
My friend told me of this organization; hope I can joint asap.
by Andy Z. (September 6, 2014)
I've been to libraries a lot and I got help from the people at library and I want to do the same who others need help at library too

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