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Volunteering in libraries

Discover more than books inside Surrey libraries. Come and meet new people, develop and share skills, and join our team to help us support your local community in Surrey.

After your application is received we will email you with an acknowledgement, before passing your application to your nominated library who will then contact you. We aim to do this within two weeks.

Some volunteer roles require a DBS check to ensure the protection of vulnerable residents. We will advise you how this process is carried out if necessary.

Current volunteering opportunities

We have a range of opportunities available in different areas, please choose a category below that interests you to see what is available.

General library opportunities

Select a role below for more details and to apply:

Role
(select role for details and how to apply)
Libraries Days and times Role title
(use on application form)

Customer support

Merstham

Various

Customer support

Lightwater Wednesday
Stock volunteer (libraries)Banstead Any open day Stock - libraries
Camberley Any open day
Cobham Wednesday, Friday
Dittons Any open day
Dorking Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Epsom Any open day
Ewell Any open day
Farnham Various days
Godalming Any open day
Guildford Any open day
Redhill Any open day
Staines Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Stock volunteer (bookshop)

Guildford Monday, Friday

Stock - bookshop

Hobby group facilitator

Guildford (Filmspace leader)

Any day Hobby (activity name)
Epsom (knit and natter) Thursday pm
Staines (board games)

Saturday pm

Stanwell (craft) ask at library
Weybridge (knitting) Wednesday am
Weybridge (children's writing) Saturday pm

Reading group host

Bookham Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Reading group host

Farnham Friday am
Hersham Any open day

Other events

Farnham (coffee mornings)

Monday am

Events (coffee)

Farnham (Spanish language group) To be arranged Events (Spanish)
Molesey (events) Friday am Events (Molesey)

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Interacting with children opportunities

Select a role below for more details and to apply:

Role
(select a role for details and
how to apply)

Libraries Days and times Role title
(use on application form)

Rhymetime leader

Addlestone

Wednesday pm, Thursday am

Rhymetime leader

Ashford Friday, Saturday am
Camberley Monday
Caterham Hill Thursday am
Chertsey Saturday am
Cobham Friday
Dittons Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
Epsom Thursday am
Esher Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Farnham Tuesday am
Godalming Saturday am
Guildford Saturday am
Horley Thursday am
Horsley Tuesday am
Knaphill Friday am term time only
Molesey Thursday am
Oxted Friday
Redhill Wednesday pm/Friday am
Staines Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Sunbury Saturday am
Weybridge Wednesday/Friday/Saturday am
Woking Wednesday am

Rhymetime assistant

Ashford

Wednesday am/Saturday am

Rhymetime assistant

Ashtead Friday am
Caterham Hill Thursday am
Chertsey Saturday am
Dittons Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
Esher Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Farnham Tuesday am
Godalming Saturday am
Guildford Saturday am
Horley Thursday am
Horsley Tuesday am
Knaphill Friday am term time only
Molesey Thursday am
Redhill Wednesday pm/Friday am
Staines Mon/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Sunbury Saturday am
Weybridge Friday/Saturday am

Storytime leader

Ashford

Thursday am

Storytime leader

Frimley Green Tuesday
Staines Tuesday am/Saturday am
Weybridge Thursday pm

Storytime assistant

Banstead

Thursday pm

Storytime assistant

Caterham Valley Tuesday pm
Chertsey Friday pm
Cranleigh Wednesday am
Dittons Thursday/Saturday
Frimley Green Tuesday am
Hersham Friday am
Horley Wednesday am

Children's reading group
(chatterbooks)

Ashford

Thursday pm

Chatterbooks assistant

Horley One Saturday morning a month

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Digital and technology opportunities

Select a role below for more details and to apply:

Role
(select a role for details and to apply)
Libraries Days and times Role title
(use on application form)

Digital Buddy

All opportunities are available on a day and at a time by arrangement with the volunteer subject to library opening hours.

Digital Buddy

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Library Direct opportunities

Library Direct is a service aimed at people who cannot get to a library through illness, disability, mobility problems or caring responsibilities. A Library Direct volunteer's role involves visiting clients in their own home and bring them library stock on a regular basis. The role is also very much a sociable one helping to combat isolation experienced by many of our Library Direct Home Service clients.

  • We currently need Library Direct volunteers in the Spelthorne (Ashford/Staines), East Horley (Langshott/Smallfield), Guildford, Ashtead, Redhill, Woking and Dorking areas.

Library Direct roles and how to apply

Young people's opportunities

Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE)

We offer volunteer placements which may count towards your Duke of Edinburgh volunteering awards. For bronze and silver levels there are set application periods, and placements only run at particular times of the year. Expressions of interest for gold level Duke of Edinburgh award placements will be considered at any time.

We are currently accepting applications for 3 month volunteer placements which may count towards your Bronze Level Duke of Edinburgh volunteering awards. The placements will run between June–September 2019 and are currently available at all Surrey staffed libraries except Ashford, Ashtead, Banstead, Camberley, Caterham Hill, Epsom, Egham, Ewell, Frimley Green, Haslemere, Horsley, Knaphill, Lightwater, Merstham, Reigate, Shepperton, Stanwell, Sunbury, West Byfleet and Woking.

DofE details and how to apply

Role
(select a role for details
and to apply)
Libraries Role title
(use on application form)
Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze Award) Duke of Edinburgh Award (bronze)

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Summer Reading Challenge

We are currently recruiting Young People between the ages of 14–25 to help us run the Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge runs between Saturday 13 July and Saturday 14 September.

Opportunities are currently available at all Surrey Libraries except Addlestone, Ashtead, Banstead, Caterham Valley, Epsom, Horsley, Frimley Green, Knaphill, Lightwater, Merstham, Reigate, Stanwell, Weybridge, West Byfleet and Woking.

Summer Reading Challenge details and how to apply.

Role
(select a role for details
and to apply)
Libraries Role title
(use on application form)
Summer Reading Challenge volunteer Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

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