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Volunteering in libraries

Coronavirus: due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Surrey Libraries are closed

Please read this urgent statement about Surrey's library service including information about loans and renewals.

You can access our online library services: Free eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and newspapers as well as other resources that can be accessed at home

Shut but still open

We have published a list of online services, activities and fun things for both children and adults to do whilst at home.

Libraries from home for children and young people

Libraries from home for adults

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

Stock volunteer (libraries)Cobham Friday pm Stock - libraries
Dittons Any open day
DorkingThursday or Friday
Haslemere Tuesday
Oxted Any open day
Hobby group facilitatorEgham (chess club assistant) Saturday mornings Hobby (activity name)

Farnham (Board games group leader)

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (2pm–4pm)
Farnham (science club facilitator) Alternate Tuesday afternoons

Guildford (Filmspace leader)

Any day
Haslemere (English conversation group) Thursday
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
Staines last Tuesday of every month,5-6pm.

Other events

Cobham (events)

To be arrangedEvents (Cobham)
Esher (English language group) Flexible (Tuesday - Friday) Events (English)

Farnham (coffee mornings)

Monday am

Events (coffee)

Farnham (Spanish language group) To be arranged Events (Spanish)
Farnham (English conversation group) Wednesday pm Events (English)
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

Thursday am

Rhymetime leader

Ashford Friday, Saturday am
Bookham Monday
Caterham Hill Thursday am
Chertsey Tuesday am
CobhamWednesday pm /Friday am
Dittons Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
Egham Thursday/Saturday
Esher Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Epsom occasional Thursday mornings
Hersham Friday
Horley Thursday am
Horsley Tuesday am
Leatherhead Thursday
Merstham Tuesday am
Reigate Thursday am
Shepperton Alternate Saturday mornings
Staines Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Sunbury Saturday am
Weybridge Wednesday/Tuesday/Friday/Saturday am
    

Rhymetime assistant

Ashford

Wednesday am/Saturday am

Rhymetime assistant

Ash Friday am
Caterham Hill Thursday am
Chertsey Saturday am
CobhamFriday am
Dittons Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
Esher Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Horley Thursday am
Horsley Tuesday am
Redhill Wednesday pm/Friday am
Staines Mon/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday am
Sunbury Saturday am
Weybridge Friday/Saturday am
Woking Wednesday am
    

Storytime leader

Ashford

Thursday am

Storytime leader

Dorking Every third Wednesday am
Frimley Green Tuesday
Staines Tuesday am
Sunbury Wednesday am

Storytime assistant

Banstead

Thursday pm

Storytime assistant

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

Children's reading group
(chatterbooks)

Ashford

Thursday pm

Chatterbooks assistant

Stanwell Thursday Children'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 Ewell Library Direct Home Service All opportunities are available at days and times by arrangement between the volunteer and clients.
Caterham
Cranleigh
Guildford (covering Peasmarsh area)
Horley
Lingfield
Redhill (male applicants only)
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 Spring/Summer Duke of Edinburgh placements will open on Monday 6 April. 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)

Not currently available

The application period for
Autumn/Winter
Duke of Edinburgh
placements is now
closed

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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