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Volunteering with your local library is a great way to make new friends, inspire others and make a difference!

You can choose the volunteering that suits you – do you want to learn new skills or share those you already have? Want to build previous experience, or try your hand at something new? Or do you want to just give us a hand?

Volunteering with us can take place in a library or in your community. We have tasks that can be done in a jiffy, a couple of hours a week or more depending on what fits in with you.

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Instead of applying online, you can also download and fill out our application form and drop it into your local library. Our volunteers receive interviews, training and DBS checks when appropriate. 

Library volunteer application form

September 2018

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Reasons to volunteer with libraries

1. Develop your skills

With a diverse range of opportunities and activities to choose from, you have the chance to learn new skills or share the skills you already have with others. Gain some great experience for your CV.

You don't need any particular qualifications - the most important quality our volunteers bring is a passion for helping others and a willingness to join in.

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2. Make the difference

The time you give to help your local community can make a huge difference. Our library at home service is a life-line to many who would otherwise be without anything to read.

Volunteers also support our library staff, helping each library develop wider connections with local people. 

3. A helping hand towards employment

The Volunteer Pathway will soon be available to unemployed people, aged 19 or over, and who are in receipt of unemployment benefits. Whilst getting a range of experience within the library through your volunteering, you will also be training to gain a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification. Through this opportunity you will gain valuable experience in customer service and library skills.

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Ways to volunteer

Click on each of the below to find out more about what's involved so you can find the right fit for you. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you would like more information or take a look at our current opportunities to see where we need volunteers. 

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Delivering reading materials and magazines to those who cannot get to the library due to ill health, accessibility needs, or caring responsibilities.

Each housebound reader receives a monthly visit from a volunteer who collects and returns library books and can deliver essential Health & Well-being information. We currently have over 200 [email protected] service volunteers, and are always looking for more!

You will make a huge difference to someone who would otherwise not have books to read. You will be a bit of a life-line bringing news, chat, books and magazines.

people arranging bookshelfHelping to keep the library spick and span, engaging with customers, and assisting with library stock (new books, old books, display books, books that need shelving, books that need changing).

If you have the time, you can also get involved with library Events (author talks, reading groups, children’s events, Arts performances), helping us to make every event a success!

Libraries run 1:1 sessions with customers who want a bit of “digital” help - on a computer, laptop or tablet. Libraries also offer digital support to people needing to renew a bus pass or blue badge, or to access government web pages.

If you can spare a couple of hours a week, you could join our digital buddy’s team. Technical experience is not needed, just some basic digital know how.

Join “The Library Presents” volunteer team – promoting the Arts locally, in libraries with an amazing array of performances, chosen by the community and delivered by the library.

You can get involved with promotion of events, preparing the venue, stage setup, and more.

You can become a young volunteer from the age of 13 years. You can join the Reading Hack pack, volunteer with us as part of your Duke of Edinburgh Award, help with junior reading groups, or support a homework group, Lego club or code club.

Throughout the summer months you can also help younger children read-for-fun, with the Summer Reading Challenge.

 


Meet our current volunteers

Read what a few of our volunteers had to say about why they chose to volunteer and why they love what they do

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Sylvia - Rhyme-time volunteer

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Gill - Story-time volunteer

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Georgie - Reading challenge volunteer

Would you like to work for Cambridgeshire Libraries instead?

All Libraries vacancies are advertised on the County Council job vacancies website, not in individual libraries.

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