Community Partnered Library volunteer

Are you interested in joining a team of volunteers to provide library services to the communities of Surrey? Surrey Libraries have 10 Community Partnered Libraries which are run by teams of volunteers, with support from Surrey County Council staff. The volunteers manage the library on a day-to-day basis and are always looking for new team members to help deliver services to their local residents.

Library tasks can be very varied, but typical activities could include:

  • Welcoming library users and answering their enquiries
  • Joining new library members
  • Supporting day-to-day duties, such as unpacking crates, locating books, shelving and book presentation.
  • Assisting the customers using the library's public computers and printing
  • Supporting customers to use library resources and self-service facilities, including assisting people to make cash payments at the self-service kiosks
  • Arranging and running events, such as author talks or children's activities
  • Promoting libraries – talking to friends and using social media to promote library services
  • Supporting the opening and closing of the library
  • Opportunities to join the committees who manage each library

To volunteer with us you will need to:

  • Be friendly and approachable
  • Be willing to learn how the library works
  • Have good communication skills and the ability to deal with enquiries
  • Be confident in the basic use of computers and the internet
  • Be organised and reliable
  • Be enthusiastic about the library service

The time commitment varies for each volunteer and library, but a 3 to 4 hour session once a week is typical.

There are 10 Community Partnered Libraries:

If you are interested in volunteering have a look at our Expression of Interest form and see if there are any vacancies for this role near you.

Community Partnered Library volunteering: Expression of Interest form

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