A number of volunteering roles within the library are available:
Volunteers with us for work experience usually undertake the same types of task as the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, but for more intensive periods of time. It is best to discuss what you are hoping to get out of the experience on an individual basis with staff at your chosen library.
The level of commitment varies, for schoolchildren it is often determined by the expectations of your school's work experience programme.
Duke of Edinburgh awards
We offer volunteer placements for the Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards. A regular time commitment is required as these places are in great demand and are offered on a first come first served basis. You will be asked to help with routine library tasks such as shelving, helping people operate the self-service machines, presenting notice boards and finding books. You may be offered some project work. If you volunteer during the summer you will support the Summer Reading Challenge. At the end of your time with us we will complete the required assessment for the award.
Your commitment depends on the award level, with Bronze volunteers starting with one hour per week. We offer two periods of volunteering for Bronze awards. A six month placement, which runs mid-November to mid-May; choose this to meet the 6 month Duke of Edinburgh requirement. Alternatively you can volunteer for a 3 months placement which commences in June and runs through the summer holidays to the end of September.
You can express your interest in the three months (summer) placement between 26 March and 30 June 2018.
You can express your interest in the six months placement between 3 September and 16 November 2018.
Early application is encouraged as places are limited. Expressions of Interest cannot be received outside these 'open' periods, and we do not keep waiting lists. If you miss these periods you may wish to make a direct approach to one of our Community Partnered Libraries, who may also be recruiting volunteers.
Silver level Duke of Edinburgh applicants should apply for the six month placement, as above.
Expressions of Interest for Gold level Duke of Edinburgh will be considered at any time. Complete the 'other' section of the form to tell us you want 'Gold'.
Summer Reading Challenge
Each summer we recruit young volunteers (aged between 14–25) to help us run the annual Summer Reading Challenge - where children of primary school age sign up to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect incentives along the way. In this role, you would encourage children to read more by talking to them about their books, help with events and activities, sign children up to the challenge and give them rewards for reading. It is a great way to get experience for your CV and our volunteers have a lot of fun.
Children can read any books they like: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. The focus is very much on the enjoyment of reading. Typically, more than 15,000 Surrey children take part. It is a busy time for libraries and so staff very much appreciate the help provided by volunteers.
We need you to be enthusiastic, reliable and friendly, and to enjoy working with children. Hours are flexible, but we ask you to commit to at least 10 hours over the summer. You will be supported by library staff and training will be provided at the library.