Volunteering is a fun and easy way to be a part of the community at San Francisco Center for the Book. It is a great way to meet artists, crafters, book arts enthusiasts and collectors, and other creative people like yourself. As a non-profit organization, San Francisco Center for the Book relies on volunteers to bring their experiences, talents and skills, to help with a wide range of volunteer activities in the studios and at our many events. We are looking forward to working with you. Join us as a volunteer!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are posted to this page and are updated periodically, so return to this page again and again to find out about additional volunteer opportunities that will be posted throughout the year.

Contact us at volunteer@sfcb.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities:

Date :: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Event :: SFCB Devils Night
Number of Volunteers :: 15
Volunteer Shift :: 5:00 to 8:00pm
Volunteer Job Description :: Assist with various studio tasks.
SFCB Devils Description: To make any print studio or bindery run well, it takes the work of many hands. In a bygone era, those who assisted in a print shop were called “Printers’ Devils.” The devils did the work of mixing ink, covering ink balls, distributing type, and whatever else the shop needed. We here at the Center want our studios to be the best they can be for our instructors, our students, our renters: for our community. So, we are instituting Devils Night: one evening a month (the last Thursday to be precise), we will meet up in either the print studio or the bindery and set something up, clean out a corner, or tune up a machine. We welcome any and all with willing hands to pitch in and help us make the studio better for everyone. Come on by, and join in the devilry!
Date :: Friday, August 30, 2019
Event :: Exhibition Closing :: Calligraphies in Conversation :: To Contain and To Serve Dinner 
Number of Volunteers: 4
Volunteer Shift: 5 to 9pm
Volunteer Job Description: Assist with event set-up, guest greeting, serving food during dinner and clean-up. Volunteers for this event will also receive a complimentary bowl created for the event.
About the Event: Join SFCB at this community building event which coincides with the closing reception of our summer exhibition Calligraphies In Conversation. View calligraphic artworks in over a dozen languages, styles, and scripts from local and international artists. Curator Arash Shirinbab and ceramicist Forest Lesch-Middelton will be on hand to discuss their artistic collaboration (known as the To Contain and To Serve project.) Attendees are invited to enjoy traditional Persian cuisine served on artisan ceramic dishware created by Lesch-Middelton and Shirinbab; at the end of the event, attendees keep the dishware which they have used for their dinner.
Date :: Friday, September 6, 2019
Event :: Drop Dead Gorgeous :: Exhibition Opening
Number of Volunteers :: 6
Volunteer Shift :: 5:00 to 8:30pm
Volunteer Job Description :: Assist with event set up, guest greeting, refreshments, and clean up while getting a first look at our newest exhibition.
About the Event :: Join SFCB in celebrating the artists and fine bindings of Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation. Featuring fine bindings from design bookbinders around the world, this exhibition showcases both the innovation of the original 1913 volume and artistry of contemporary bookbinders of today. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. More details and images can be found here.
Date :: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Event :: ROADWORKS Steamroller Printing Festival
Number of Volunteers: 100
Volunteer Shift: Various shifts will be available between 6am and 7pm, sign up for your preferred shift here.
Volunteer Job Description: This is our biggest event of the year and we need all hands on deck to make it happen! Assistance will be needed with many tasks and stations including event set-up, hands-on demonstrations, inking & printing, street ambassadors, crossing guards, gallery monitors, and more!
SFCB ROADWORKS Description: The San Francisco Center for the Book’s Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more.