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Volunteering in Libraries

We are grateful to volunteers who support Nottingham City Libraries.

Volunteering increases skills and experience, it makes a difference in local communities across the City. 

  • a quality induction
  • relevant training
  • ongoing support from a named person
  • opportunities to meet with fellow volunteers
  • annual celebration event
  • we value our volunteers’ opinions and ideas through feedback and consultation

Find the role for you below and complete the online application form.

You should expect to hear if you will be invited to attend an informal interview and / or a trial in the role within five working days.

We require two satisfactory references for each volunteer and some roles are subject to clearance of a Data and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously known as CRB.

“I enjoy the chance to meet a range of interesting people and the challenge to make their experience interesting, helpful and enjoyable”


 

“There is so much to be gained from volunteering, and after many years of retirement it is great to be valued again, to learn new skills, meet new people of different generations, share experiences and expertise and feel that one is being physically and mentally challenged”


 

“I like feeling like I'm making a difference. Over several years, you build up a relationship with the community and it is also a nice break from my everyday life”


 

“I really enjoy being involved in the activities which have been interesting and varied, and it is very rewarding to see the children and parents' enjoyment.  I also enjoy feeling part of the process to promote and encourage people to use libraries, having a sociable and rewarding role working alongside such lovely and supportive library staff, and feeling valued.”


 

Current opportunities 

Listed below are the roles we can offer, sign up to our newsletter for monthly alerts about new opportunities as they come up and general library news.

Role: English Conversation Group Facilitator

Support and encourage people from different cultures to improve their spoken English skills and to help them integrate with the City through stimulating and varied conversation

Key Tasks:

  • Plan and deliver weekly sessions using a wide range of appropriate discussion topics and materials
  • Complete and submit basic weekly attendance records to help monitor and develop the service

What are we looking for:

  • A non-judgemental, open-minded and friendly person with good spoken English and the ability to encourage people from all communities
  • Ongoing commitment to at least one of the following weekly sessions:

 

Thursdays       2.15pm to 4.30pm at Nottingham Central Library

Role: Events and Activities Volunteer

A flexible role offering opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities such as crafts, festivals, literacy events, book sales, theatre shows and much more across all Nottingham City Libraries.

Key Tasks:

  • Tasks vary but could include setting up events, refreshments, welcoming people, craft activities, reading, gathering feedback, encouraging participation

What are we looking for:

  • A good communicator who can relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and is flexible yet reliable
  • We are particularly interested in people who have a skill such as music, art, crafts etc
  • A DBS check will be carried out for this role

You can find out more information about some of our activities and events here.

Role: Home Library Service Volunteer

Enable people to enjoy books, film, or music once they are unable to visit their local library for reasons such as disability, mobility, illness, or caring responsibilities

Key Tasks:

  • Deliver books, music, films and information to people in areas of Nottingham City
  • Take time to discuss with the customer what further books, music, films etc they would like, giving any suggestions or ideas

What are we looking for:

  • A friendly, enthusiastic and reliable person who is able to communicate with a diverse range of people
  • We are particularly interested in people who have fluency in other languages that represent the diversity of Nottingham
  • Ability to commit to at least 1 round per every 3 weeks (various times available) for 6 months or more
  • A DBS check is required for this role

 Information about the Home Library Service is featured on our Accessible Library page.

Role: Language Café Volunteer

Support and encourage Nottingham’s diverse communities to learn and develop new languages, share knowledge, and meet new people in a relaxed, inclusive environment.

 Key Tasks:

  • Prepare the room with refreshments, books etc and clear up at the end of the session
  • Welcome new members, match them appropriately based on chosen language and teach and converse with participants using your own language skills

What are we looking for:

  • An encouraging, non-judgemental person with good spoken English and a genuine interest in supporting people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and situations
  • Minimum 3 month commitment, for at least one Saturday afternoon per month from 12.45 to 3.15pm at Nottingham Central Library

Role: Library Friends

Help combat loneliness and social isolation by hosting regular library activity sessions at one of our Games Cafés or Library Talks.

 Key Tasks:

  • Prepare an area of the library with refreshments, games etc and clear up at the end of the session
  • Welcome attendees, mainly older people and young families, to the activity
  • Encourage people to feel included and participate in the group, e.g. introducing to others, playing games with them

 

What are we looking for:

  • A friendly, reliable person with a genuine interest in supporting people to overcome loneliness
  • Minimum 4 month commitment to at least one 2 hour session per week 

Games Cafés

Mondays at Basford LibraryClifton LibrarySherwood Library or Southglade Park Library. 10am to 12pm

Thursdays at Aspley Library or Meadows Library. 10am to 12pm

Library Talks

Second Tuesday each month Basford Library 10am to 12pm

First Thursday each month Clifton Library 10am to 12pm

Third Thursday each month Sherwood Library 9.30am to 11.30am

 

Other new activity sessions are coming soon, sign up to our monthly library newsletter to get alerts straight to your email inbox.

Role: Storysmash Helper

Help young adults develop confidence and new skills with this innovative project connecting reading, creative writing and gaming.

Key Tasks:

  • Encourage and motivate 11-25 year olds to actively participate in workshops developing games using Twine, an open source tool enabling the creation of interactive stories
  • Facilitate casual, inclusive gaming sessions

What are we looking for:

  • A reliable, good communicator who can relate well to young people aged 11-25 years and has an interest in creative writing, reading and literacy
  • Good digital skills with a knowledge of gaming and willingness to learn basic Twine skills – all training provided

Minimum of 6 months commitment to at least one of the following weekly sessions:

 

Saturdays, Bulwell Riverside Library 10am to 12pm

Mondays, St Ann’s Valley Library 4pm to 6pm

Thursdays, Nottingham Central Library 5pm to 7pm

 

 

     

General volunteer enquiry email 

library.volunteer@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

 

Duke of Edinburgh award placements

Libraries are keen to support young people working towards their Bronze and Silver awards.

We can accommodate one young person per library at a time so cannot always guarantee a placement. To apply please download and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Application Form.

or get in touch via email for more information: library.volunteer@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

Volunteers delivering books

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Volunteer celebration event

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