Volunteering in libraries

The diverse range of services available in libraries provide vital lifelines for our communities. It would be impossible to deliver these services and facilities without the valuable contribution of hundreds of volunteers, who willingly give up their time to support us.

Benefits of volunteering

Whether you want to meet new people, give something back to your community, or gain the skills and confidence to help you get back into the workplace, volunteering is a great way to do it.

How to become a volunteer

You can enquire at your local library about volunteering. There will be an informal interview process and all successful volunteers will be asked to supply details of referees. Some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

All necessary training will be provided and every volunteer will receive a volunteer handbook to help you get the most from your journey.

Type of opportunities available

There are a wide variety of opportunities to suit all ages and interests from helping to deliver children’s activities to providing much-needed computer skills support as an IT Buddy.

​Business support

Help manage our stock and shop displays or assist with regular surveys undertaken in our libraries.

Children and families support (under 5s)

Lead or help with regular activities such as Rhymetime or Story Stomp sessions.

Children and families support (over 5s)

Run craft activities and events

Younger volunteers aged 14 to 17 can help us to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge.

Community support

Facilitate a regular Language Café or set up an intergenerational project in your library.

Creative arts

Help deliver craft activities or create eye-catching displays in the library.

Customer support

Welcome customers when they arrive at the library, assist with the self-service machines or just chat with regulars over a cup of coffee.

Digital Support

Help people become more digitally fluent by becoming an IT Buddy or assisting customers with online job applications and form filling.

Events and fundraising

Help put on events in libraries such as talks and quiz nights and generate much-needed additional funds to support future activities.

Healthy living

Become a Health Walk Leader, supporting and encouraging people to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.

Heritage and culture

Help people research their local or family history.

Literary support

Run sessions to support and encourage people of all ages and abilities to read, both for pleasure and information.

Outdoor activities

Turning your hand to a bit of gardening or helping to maintain outside spaces.

Young adult support

Running a Homework or Coding Club or starting a specific interest group like Manga or photography.

Last updated 05 January 2023