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Volunteer in libraries

If you have some spare time and want to help in our libraries or community centres, we can offer a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Further information

Whatever your reason for getting involved, you can be confident that you'll enjoy some great benefits. Volunteering with us means you'll learn new skills which is great for your CV. You'll work with experts, make new friends and have a positive impact on the local community. So, if you can spare an hour per week or more, we'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer roles

Please note: We cannot guarantee to have any specific volunteer opportunity available at any particular time. The following information is to give you an idea about the kinds of things volunteers do in our libraries and centres. When you express an interest in volunteering with us, we will add your details to our volunteer database and you will receive email updates when specific opportunities become available.

Unfortunately we cannot take volunteers under 16 years old. If you are under 16 and wish to gain experience in one of our libraries please enquire about this at school.

Roles include:

  • Summer Reading Challenge volunteer
    • Suitable for people wishing to support our children’s summer reading challenge through July and August
  • Home Library Service volunteer
    • Suitable for people interested taking library books to people in their homes.
  • Digital Club volunteer
    • Suitable for people interested in helping other people to acquire basic online skills.
  • English conversation group facilitator
    • Suitable for people willing to facilitate a regular group of people who wish to improve their spoke English – this is not a teaching role.
  • Toddler Time volunteer
    • Suitable for people wishing to work with young children and carers at out library stay and play sessions.
  • Homework Help volunteer
    • Suitable for people wishing to work with school age children, supporting them to do homework in their local library.
  • Listening to children read volunteer
    • Suitable for someone willing to offer an hour a week to listen to children read in their local library.

If you require a more detailed role description for any of the above, please request one via the contact us link at the bottom of this page.

What personal qualities are required to volunteer with us? 

  • You must be willing to work with a range of people of different ages and backgrounds 
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Willingness to learn.

You must be willing to:

  • Sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Provide details of a person who we can contact in the case of an emergency.

What will you get out of volunteering?

  • Experience volunteering in a public service setting
  • Reference from Neighbourhood Services
  • Chance to use existing skills and to share your skills with others
  • Gain new skills and knowledge
  • Improved confidence
  • Meet new people, involvement in your local community.

Other volunteering opportunities with us

We often have volunteering opportunities in Leicester. Typical areas of work include parks and open spaces, museums, festivals and events and youth services. The easiest way to find opportunities is to search for 'volunteering' in the search box at the top of this page or visit our main volunteering page on the following link:

External volunteering opportunities

Leicestershire Cares provide volunteering opportunities with companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicestershire and Rutland. To see their volunteering opportunities visit the Leicestershire Cares website.

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