Love your library? Why not volunteer?
We offer an enjoyable and empowering experience for enthusiastic and committed people. Depending on your role you’ll either be working directly with the Warwickshire public or supporting those that do.
All core library work is carried out by staff, but volunteers take on a range of roles that help us add value to our communities, such as children’s activities, helping people use computers, discovering family histories and supporting our Home Library Service.
Could you be a library volunteer?
Our volunteers talk about their volunteering experience.
What’s in it for you
- Opportunity to meet new people;
- Learn new and enhance current skills;
- Improve your CV and future job prospects;
- Gain a sense of pride and satisfaction from helping others in your local community;
- Help to sustain our Library & Information Service.
What we offer
- a variety of flexible and regular volunteering opportunities;
- a welcoming environment and induction to the service and the role;
- training and support in the volunteer role.
What we expect from you
- to attend as agreed, and let us know when you can’t;
- to participate in the induction process and any training required for the role;
- to raise any concerns relating to your volunteer role with your named contact;
- to abide by the service’s policies and procedure, including health and safety and confidentiality.
Roles and vacancies
Volunteers attend all of our County Council managed libraries. Volunteer roles are currently available at the following libraries:
- Alcester Library – Silver Surfer Volunteer (PDF, 69.39 KB) – Thursdays, 10:00 – 12:00.
- Atherstone Library – Hospitality Volunteer (PDF, 64.88 KB) – supporting events at the library when they happen.
- Nuneaton Library – Role Guide – Silver Surfer Volunteer (PDF, 69.39 KB) – Thursdays, 14:00 – 16:00 .
- Wolston Library – Children and Young Peoples volunteer (PDF, 69.84 KB) – to support LEGO club which takes place on Saturdays, 11:00 – 12:00.
The Home Library Service, based at Kenilworth Library, are often looking for volunteers. Commit as much or as little time as you can spare, from one day a month to a few hours a week, Monday to Friday. You can help with:
- Visiting / driving: use one of our transit vans to visit housebound people across Warwickshire. It is not necessary to be able to drive as volunteers always go out in pairs. Some customers like to chat while others see the visit as a delivery. If you do not wish to commit to a regular day, and are happy to be added to a list of volunteers to be contacted on an ad hoc basis, these roles may be for you.
- Book selection: select books for our Nursing Home Collections. Ideal if you enjoy working in a team and have a few hours to spare each week.
Apply to be a volunteer and we will contact you when a suitable post becomes available.
If you would like more information, please contact the Home Library and Mobile Library Service:
What happens after my application is received?
We will contact you to arrange an informal interview about the role. If the role matches your skills and experience we will contact your referees. Subject to satisfactory references we will arrange a date to complete a volunteer induction and agree a start date. If the role is not a good match, we will suggest other opportunities that might be suitable for you.
Other volunteering opportunities in Warwickshire libraries
Volunteer to be a Code Club facilitator
We host Code Clubs for young people in some of our libraries. Volunteers help to run clubs using specially created resources. Find out more and search for volunteering opportunities: Code Club – find a club near you.
Volunteering at community managed libraries
There might also be volunteer opportunities at community managed libraries, which are run by local community groups with support from Warwickshire Libraries. You can contact them directly via our community managed libraries page.