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Love your library - volunteering

A number of volunteering roles within the library are available:

Events

Volunteering doesn't have to be a regular commitment. Why not join us to assist with the running or supporting of community events and specific initiatives promoted by the library?

You could help before, during or after the event; as a one-off opportunity or as someone on our bank of helpers who we approach more regularly to help.

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Library guides

Are you passionate about the work of Surrey Libraries and able to communicate this to the wider public and our members?

In this role you will predominantly be delivering a pre-scripted talk 'Get more from your Library' whilst you walk a small group of people around the library, and then show them some of the resources our members can access on a computer. The talks will be pre-booked but we'd also like you to approach library users on the day to offer it to them. You will adapt your talk to your audience and refer queries and questions to staff for further information. The talk lasts about half an hour, plus you would need to spend time before and after the talk, leading to about an hour's commitment fortnightly, plus additional induction/ training time.

Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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Hobby group facilitator

We are looking for volunteers to host and run a hobby or interest group on behalf of their library, which we think would benefit the local community and provide learning, cultural and well-being opportunities. The format and timings will vary, depending on what suits the library space and existing programme. You'll share with the group a general or specific interest as agreed with the library staff, such as playing board games, a knit and natter group, a creative writing group, a chess club, scrabble group, craft club, sketching get-together, storytelling or reading aloud. Groups are normally run on a drop-in basis and need to be open to new members, capacity allowing.

To find out more pop into your local library or complete the expression of interest form, stating what you may be interested in, and we will arrange a chat with you.

  • We are looking for volunteers for Stanwell Library (craft group); Weybridge Library (knitting group) and Farnham Library (children's science club assistant, alternate Thursdays, 3.45pm–5.15pm from Jan 2019) but we are open to discussion regarding other possible groups.

Fill in an expression of interest form


Bookshop

The library bookshop at Epsom is run by a team of volunteers. The revenue raised helps to support Surrey Library Service.

You will need to make a regular commitment of time (typically a morning or afternoon a week) and be willing to be part of a retail environment. Duties include customer service, cash handling, handling stock and an eye for display.

You will normally be working as a pair but some lone working may be required.

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Stock volunteer - library bookshop

This is a flexible role suitable for anyone interested in books and media but not necessarily seeking a public facing role (as the Epsom Library bookshop volunteering is). You will be assisting staff to raise funds for Surrey libraries by helping with backroom sorting, and pricing stock for the book-sale shelving in the library, then putting it out on the sale shelving. You may also help with circulating withdrawn books and media around the libraries. The role requires a minimum commitment of one 2 hour shift per week.

Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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Reading group host

Most of our libraries host reading groups. If you are friendly, approachable and able to get people talking about books, you could be a group host. You'll attend the group meetings, usually held during library opening hours once every 6 weeks, and ensure everyone receives the books and resources to discuss in advance.

  • We are currently looking for volunteers at Epsom and Dorking libraries.

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Customer support

You will support library customers to use the library, its services and activities. You will work alongside a member of library staff.

You will need good communication skills as you will be taught how to deal with enquiries from the public, although you will refer more complex activities to staff.

Typically we will ask you to welcome people, help them use our libraries website and the self-service kiosks, search the catalogue, and support routines; such as unpacking book crates, locating books and other resources, shelving and presenting books.

  • We are currently looking for volunteers for Mondays, Saturdays, Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon for immediate start at Merstham library. Also on Wednesdays to help us with the newly launched Lightwater Library community day.

Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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Beyond words - Farnham Library

Can you help facilitate a specialist reading group for people with learning difficulties at Farnham Library?

We use a range of books for those with communication difficulties from the provider Beyond Words – Beyond Words 'tell a story' just with pictures so that the reader can offer their own interpretation. 'Reading' a series of pictures enables the reader to talk about and explore feelings of their own.

The Group meets monthly on the first Friday of every month for an hour and you'll need to give a little more of your time for arranging for the delivery of books and resources.

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General volunteering enquiry

If you have particular skills which you would like to offer on an individual basis, which do not fit with any of the roles listed, please put 'General volunteering enquiry' as your message heading and get in touch by emailing libraries@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 01483 543599.

Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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