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Volunteer in a library

There are lots of volunteering opportunities available in Nottingham City Libraries:

Our Latest Volunteering Opportunities

We are currently taking expressions of interest from anyone who is interested in helping at the following groups - for further information contact Jane Brierley  - jane.brierley@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Summer Reading Challenge 2014makeadifference

  • Can you help children have fun with reading this summer?
  • Do you enjoy helping with children's arts and crafts?
  • Can you spare a minimum of 6 hours during July and August?

If the answer is yes, then why not join us this summer at your local City library? Training and support will be given!

Introductory sessions

To take part please come to an introductory session at Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row on:

  • Sat 14th June 12-2pm
  • Thurs 26th June 12-2pm or 4-6pm
  • Wed 2nd July 4-6pm

pdf icon Please complete an application form and bring it with you. [105kb]

Want to know more?

Read about the experiences of two of our previous Summer Reading Challenge volunteers.

pdf icon Glory's experience [389kb]

pdf icon Ruby's experience [125kb]

Any queries?

Please feel free to email: tim.bowness@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; stacey.mcmullen@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Conversation Classes

Several of our libraries run free conversation classes for people who do not have English as their first language. Volunteers help to support these people to practice their English speaking skills. The sessions are informal in their nature and subjects covered are wide ranging and often topical.  Please click here for more information on this pdf icon volunteer opportunity. [7kb].

Please click here to read about pdf icon Pat's experience [367kb] of helping in conversation classes.

Language Cafe

The Language Cafe is a fun and informal way for anyone to learn new languages, practice teaching skills and meet people from all over the world. No formal qualifications are needed to teach, just a knowledge of another language and a desire to help others learn. Anyone with an enthusiasm for language is welcome, whether you want to surprise your neighbours by greeting them in their mother tongue, or improve your conversation skills. Please click here for more information on pdf icon this volunteering role. [14kb]

Please contact Jason for more information on these opportunities on 0115 915 1180 or jason.mccormack@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

Homework Help Sessions

We currently have 16 sessions running at 14 of Nottingham City Libraries. pdf icon Please click here for days and times. [336kb] Each provides homework facilities and assistance for all children and young people (aged 8-18 years). Library staff provide the sessions, but volunteers are invaluable for giving 1-1 help and support with homework such as completing work sheets and project work, using computers and other library resources. As a volunteer you may also be asked to listen to children read and help with handwriting skills etc.... It's a great way to see if teaching or working with children is a career for you. Please click here to read aboutpdf icon Manasee's experience [375kb]of volunteering for a Homework Help session.

A commitment of two hours per week during term time, for a minimum period of one term, at the above locations is required. pdf icon Please click here for a role description. [83kb]

If you are interested in volunteering please contact: tim.bowness@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or Stacey.mcmullen@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service delivers a library service to people with restricted mobility, bringing them books, films and music as well as social contact. The service is run in partnership between the Library Service and RVS and has been running for almost 35 years.

Volunteers help deliver material from the library to customers homes. This is a rewarding and great way to get involved in your community and meet new people, as well as developing your skills. Travel expenses are paid and full training is given. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required. Please click here to read about pdf icon Pat's experience [180kb]of volunteering.

If you would like to find out more or become a volunteer, then contact Rob Horridge for an informal chat on 0115 915700 (Aspley Library) / 07590 776019 or email rob.horridge@nottighamcity.gov.uk

Asian Home Library Service

Similar to the service above, we also run a Home Library Service for Asian language customers, so welcome volunteers who have language skills. A minimum commitment of 6 months is also required.

Please click here to read about  pdf icon Yasir's experience [366kb]of volunteering for the Asian Home Library Service.

If you would like to find out more or become a volunteer, then contact Rami Grewal for an informal chat on 07714 8987087 or email rami.grewal@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Library Penfriend Project

If you like reading aloud and have a clear speaking voice you could help to make our talking books collection more accessible to people who have trouble reading text. The details from the jackets of our talking books need recording onto a gadget called a Penfriend. When the Penfriend touches the special label on the spine it will play back the title, author, narrator and synopsis, helping visually impaired people make their own independent selection of titles they want to borrow. This service is available at Nottingham Central, Wollaton, Bulwell and Clifton.

Most of the recording has already been done by volunteers but help is needed to keep this up to date as new stock arrives. There is also the possibility of publicising and demonstrating the Penfriend to library users.

A commitment of roughly 2 hours per month at any one of the libraries listed above is required.

If you are interested or require more information, please contact Nicola Holmes 0115 8761948 nicola.holmes@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

ICT Learning Support

Nottingham City Libraries provide support to people who are new to computers or want to brush their skills and improve their confidence. Customers can do this through one2one computer help sessions or through informal group training sessions e.g. advice on job searching, how to shop safely online, how to use Facebook and other useful topics.  We require volunteers who can support the delivery of this ICT learning to Nottingham citizens.  Please click here to read about pdf icon Josh's experience [358kb]of supporting customers in one2one computer help sessions.

Please click here for more information on this pdf icon volunteering opportunity. [8kb]

Local Studies

If you have an interest in local history, look out for volunteering opportunities with the Local Studies Library. We currently have several volunteers assisting with the conservation of our extensive collection of local history resources covering Nottingham & Nottinghamshire. 

There will be more volunteering opportunities to come, so please keep watching this space for future opportunities which may arise in our Local Studies Library at Nottingham Central Library.

Other general opportunities

Volunteers have helped with general tasks in libraries, such as helping customers find their way round the building or showing them how to use self-service machines.  These general roles are not required or available all of the time, so you will need to check with your local library to see if any general volunteering opportunities are available.

Please click here to read about pdf icon Susan's experience [357kb]of helping in a library.

All the pdf documents are available in Word format, please email enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to request a copy in this format.



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