Home Library Service volunteer


We're not taking on new volunteers at the moment, but please take a look at the volunteering roles assisting those affected by coronavirus.

You will be working in the community to help provide the library service to those who are otherwise unable to reach us.


What will I be doing?

  • Selecting and issuing books from your local library
  • Matching books to customers’ requests
  • Arranging a time to visit your Home Library Service customer
  • Delivering a new selection of books to them and returning their previous items to the library
  • Chatting with the customer about books they have read or would like to read 

What skills or experience do I need?

  • An interest in books and in delivering a library service within your local community
  • Good social skills, with discretion and sensitivity to customers' needs
  • A caring nature and ability to relate to a wide variety of people
  • Ability to work reliably within a team of library colleagues and volunteers
  • Ability to carry a bag of library books or talking books
  • Ability to travel between your local library and the customer's home

How much time do I need to give?

  • You will need to visit your housebound customer at least once a month
  • All times will be agreed with your local library manager

Where will I be located?

  • You will be based at your local library in order to assist the Home Library Service customer(s) you have been matched with in the area

What support will I be given?

  • Training with library staff and experienced volunteers
  • Travel expenses as agreed by your local manager