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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

Minimum age 16 years.

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.

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Stock Volunteer - libraries

Minimum age 16 years.

Be inspired by people's reading choices, discover new titles and help other readers. This is a flexible role suitable for enthusiastic organised individuals, who are interested in books and media. The role will involve supporting library staff to keep our libraries well stocked, organised and neatly presented.

Typically, you will assist with routine duties, such as gathering and sorting returned items from their collection points, unpacking book crates, locating books and other resources to fulfil reservations, shelving and presenting books. You may also be asked by members of the public to help them find items in the library, so if you can use the library catalogue on the public computer that would be an advantage. Training is provided.

The role requires a minimum commitment of at least one hour per week.

Fill in an expression of interest form


Hobby group facilitator

Minimum age 18 years.

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.

Fill in an expression of interest form


Bookshop

Minimum age 18 years.

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

Minimum age 16 years.

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.

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Reading group host

Minimum age 18 years.

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.

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Customer support

Minimum age 18 years.

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.

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Beyond words - Farnham Library

Minimum age 18 years.

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.

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