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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)Caterham Hill Any open day Stock - libraries
Caterham Valley Any open day
Dittons Any open day
Godalming Any open day
Horley Any open day
Oxted Any open day
Hobby group facilitator

Guildford (Filmspace leader)

Any day Hobby (activity name)
Haslemere (English conversation group) Thursday
Horley (English conversation group)Friday am
Epsom (knit and natter) Thursday pm
Leatherhead (Patchwork club) 4th Tuesday of every month
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 (Books Beyond Words) Friday am

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
Caterham Hill Thursday am
Chertsey Tuesday am
Dittons Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
EghamThursday/Saturday
Esher Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Epsomoccasional Thursday mornings
Godalming Saturday am
Horley Thursday am
Horsley Tuesday am
Knaphill Friday am term time only
Leatherhead Thursday
Merstham Friday am
Molesey Thursday am
Staines Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Sunbury Saturday am
Weybridge Wednesday/Friday/Saturday am

Rhymetime assistant

Ashford

Wednesday am/Saturday am

Rhymetime assistant

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

Storytime leader

Ashford

Thursday am

Storytime leader

Epsom alternate Tuesday mornings
EwellWednesday
Frimley Green Tuesday
Staines Tuesday am
Sunbury Wednesday am

Storytime assistant

Banstead

Thursday pm

Storytime assistant

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

Children's reading group
(chatterbooks)

Ashford

Thursday pm

Chatterbooks assistant

StanwellThursdayChildren's reading group

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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.

Role
(select a role for details and to apply)
Area Days and times Role title
(use on application form)
Library Direct Home Service Elmbridge (covering West Molesey) All opportunities are available at days and times by arrangement between the volunteer and clients. Library Direct Home Service
Esher (including Claygate)
Ewell
Guildford (covering Peasmarsh area)
Horley
Spelthorne
(covering Ashford and/or Staines)
Stoneleigh

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. The application period for Autumn Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh placements runs from 16 September to 15 November 2019. Please see DofE details and how to apply for the dates of the next application period.

Expressions of interest for gold level Duke of Edinburgh award placements will be considered at any time.

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

Duke of Edinburgh volunteer (Bronze and silver levels)

*Apply now for placements running from November 2019 to May 2020

Ash
Ashtead
Cobham
Esher
Farnham
Godalming
Haslemere
Horley
Leatherhead
Redhill
Walton
Weybridge

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Level

Or Duke of Edinburgh Silver Level

Duke of Edinburgh volunteer (Gold level) Selected libraries Duke of Edinburgh Gold Level

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