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Volunteering in Libraries

Have some time to spare? Why not volunteer with us?

Why Volunteer

  • Learn new skills
  • Boost confidence
  • Gain experience
  • Sense of satisfaction from helping others
  • Meet others in your community
  • Contribute to the development of your area and the city

What We Offer You

  • Support from a named mentor
  • Any training required for the role
  • Reference if needed for future job applications

How to Volunteer

  1. Have a read through the opportunities below and decide which role suits you best
  2. Fill in the application form below
  3. We will then be in touch to advise whether or not you are invited to interview
  4. If successful at interview we will call in your references and arrange a DBS check if appropriate

For informal enquiries, email us at library.volunteer@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Current Opportunities

Click on the opportunity to download a role description (PDF format).

pdf icon Asian home library service [108kb]

Delivering books to those who are housebound.

pdf icon Conversation Groups [110kb]

Facilitating groups for those speaking English as a second language who wish to improve their spoken English

pdf icon Discover Digital [209kb]

Helping people gain basic digital skills using iPads and tablets

pdf icon Home library service [108kb]

Delivering books to those who are housebound.

pdf icon Homework Help [83kb]

Facilitating weekly after-school sessions for children to use library resources to help with their homework

pdf icon Language Cafe [88kb]

Facilitating a weekly language learning group

Future Opportunities

We are not currently recruiting to these roles but keep an eye out for future opportunities in these areas, which will be listed on this page.

Code Club

Teaching children how to code using Scratch

Local Studies

Increasing access to our local history collections

Reading for Dementia

Projects to support those living with dementia

Summer Reading Challenge

Supporting activities to encourage children to read through the summer holidays



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  1. Application Form
    1. All fields marked with an * are required
    2. When can you volunteer? Tick the time(s) and day(s) you can usually volunteer.
    3. When can you volunteer? Tick the time(s) and day(s) you can usually volunteer.
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    9. Which library/libraries are you interested in volunteering at?
    10. Please give the names and addresses of two referees who may be contacted. These should be people who know you well, but to whom you are not related, and can supply character references.Please state name, address, email and relationship to you.
    11. Have you ever pleaded guilty to or been convicted of a criminal offence, or have you been cautioned by the police? *
    12. Volunteers who are placed successfully may be required to have additional checks completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service. We will tell you if this is required.

      Please note that completion of this form does not constitute an offer of a volunteer placement, nor does it guarantee you a volunteer interview.
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