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Volunteer roles in Reading libraries

We would love to hear from you if  you are interested in volunteering for the library service. 

Details of volunteering opportunities


  • Help set up at events either in libraries or other venues
  • Help with ticketing/organisation at evening events
  • Help promote events and other library services to users where applicable (for example, coffee mornings)
  • Commit to helping out with at least one event per quarter (or equivalent)

Craft/coffee morning volunteers

  • Greeting people at craft events/coffee mornings
  • Ensuring that new visitors are welcomed
  • Promote other library services to users where applicable (for example, rhymetimes, evening events)
  • helping with set up for coffee/craft sessions

Home visiting with the Home Library Service

  • Visit elderly/housebound users in their homes
  • Select books for the clients you visit
  • Promote other library services to users where applicable (for example, magazines)
  • Visit clients on a regular 3 week rota
  • You will be supported by the Mobile Library Manager, but will visit on your own

Summer Reading Challenge

  • Aged 14 to 18 years old
  • Talking with children aged 4 to 12 about the book they have been reading and suggesting other things they may like to read
  • Understanding the way the Summer Reading Challenge works, so you can help the children and their parents/carers
  • Handing out reading rewards
  • Helping children and their parents/carers fill in forms
  • Assisting with administration, for example, making membership cards
  • Helping library staff run specific events and craft activities
  • Planning, producing and promoting events during the year
  • Helping with library activities at external events (under staff supervision)
  • Feeding back to staff and/or library friends
  • Suggesting stock for the 14 plus collection

Rhymetime volunteer - supporting staff running nursery rhyme sessions at the library

  • Help keep statistics of attendance at rhymetimes
  • Talk with newcomers and encourage them to join in
  • Occasionally lead rhymetimes (depending on staff availability)
  • Attend at least one rhymetime a week

IT help

Digital volunteers

  • Attend drop-in sessions to help library users with web-capable devices
  • Help individuals with a wide range of issues connected with getting online
  • Help individuals with particular tasks online

Code Club volunteers

  • Register as a volunteer through the Code Club website:
  • Commit for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Spend one hour a week, usually after school or at weekends
  • Help out around 15 young people aged 9 to 13
  • Volunteer solo, or team up with friends or colleagues and take turns
  • A club host will be there at the venue to support you

What we offer

  • References
  • Help and training
  • Opportunity to help shape the future of the library service

Volunteer in Reading libraries


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