Volunteering in Libraries

Volunteering at a library

We are grateful to the 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:

Mondays        12.45pm to 2.45pm at the Dales Centre Library

Wednesdays   12.45pm to 3pm at St Ann's Valley Library

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: Homework Help Volunteer

Contribute to improving a young person’s education with after school activities using library resources (books, computers, games, other materials) in our safe, welcoming spaces

Key Tasks:

  • Set up sessions with appropriate materials and clear away at the end
  • Encourage and support pupils to develop their reading and literacy skills, understand their homework, and use their own initiative
  • Listen to children read, help understand text, and encourage them to engage with a wide variety of reading materials

What are we looking for:

  • An encouraging, non-judgemental person with good spoken and written English and a genuine interest in supporting young people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and situations
  • Regular commitment to at least one weekly term-time session between 3.30-5.30pm. Session locations and days can be found here
  • A DBS check will be carried out for this role

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

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 

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