Volunteer in a Library

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

Reading Aloud


We have opportunities for volunteers to read aloud to people with dementia, helping them to reconnect with their past and enjoy hearing prose and poetry by their favourite authors.'  For further information contact Laura Iremonger on laura.iremonger@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Music and Drama Sets Volunteering

Would you like to help the library service develop an exciting new project?

We are building a new website for the music and drama sets service and need help with the essential back room work with the music scores. The library service loans out multiple copies of music scores and plays to local groups for performance and fun. You will be contributing to the ongoing success of this service and working with a small team at the Central Library where access to the work area is by stairs only. This role will also involve physical lifting and handling.

pdf icon Please click here for more information on this volunteer opportunity. [122kb]

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. [111kb].

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. [89kb]

Homework Help Sessions

We currently have 16 sessions running at 14 of Nottingham City Libraries. pdf icon Please click here for days and times. [290kb] 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 Walu's experience [188kb]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

Code Clubs in Libraries

We are looking to establish a code club at:

Meadows Library - Wednesday 3:30pm to 5:30pm,

The code clubs are aimed at 9 to 11year olds and teach the basics of ICT and coding using a program called SCRATCH. We would like a commitment of 2 hours per week during term time, for a minimum period of one term. Training provided.

Please contact Liz on liz.mcgrath@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

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 915 5700 (Aspley Library) / 07590 776019 or email tracey.cook@nottinghamcity.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 898708 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.

Our volunteer places for Library Penfriend Project are currently all filled. There will be further opportunities coming up soon

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 and 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.

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