Your local library offers a variety of events and activities for people within your community, as well as providing access to a wealth of resources and information.
Every library in Devon is run by paid library staff, but there are lots of volunteering opportunities for people that wish to get involved and support their local library.
How to become a volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering in your local library, you can download the Expression of Interest form here. All volunteers will go through an interview process and successful candidates will be asked to supply details of referees.
Volunteers for some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Libraries Unlimited will provide any training or inductions necessary.
Our volunteering roles include opportunities to:
There’s always a lot going on at Devon Libraries for children and young people, from Bounce and Rhyme and story time, to Code Club and Book Track.
We often need volunteers to help out in the children’s library, supporting them to get ahead with their reading or to help out at events. We are working with Code Club to inspire children to get creative with computing, and are actively seeking volunteers with expertise in coding/programming to help run Code Clubs in libraries.
- Code Club Volunteer
- Bounce & Rhyme Volunteer
- Book Track Volunteer
- Story Time Volunteer
- Class Visits Volunteer
Help other library users
Help someone learn how to use a computer, help with an event or just have a coffee and a chat with some of our regular visitors.
- ICT Support Volunteer
- Library Club Volunteer
- Library Dementia Champion
Help out in the library
Assist people in using self-service kiosks, keep stock organised or assist with customer enquiries.
- Local Library Volunteer Coordinator
- Library Extra Volunteer
- Library Volunteer Self-service
- Library Volunteer Non Self-service
- Meet and Welcome Volunteer
- Stock Tagger Volunteer
Volunteering opportunities for young people
Almost all library volunteer roles are open to applicants aged 14+, but young volunteer support for the Summer Reading Challenge is exclusively for those aged 11-16. Visit your local library to find out more about how you can get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge.
Please note, not all volunteering opportunities listed above are available in every Devon library. Please contact your local library to discuss the roles available.
Home Library Service Volunteers
Devon Libraries works in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service to manage the Home Library Service. The Home Library Service delivers library books and audiobooks to people who, through ill health, injury or disability, cannot visit a library or are too frail to carry heavy books.
For more information on how to volunteer as a Home Library Service volunteer please contact the Service Manager on 0778 663 5163 or email CornwallDevonHub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
Exeter Library are currently recruiting volunteers to help with meeting and greeting customers on the 'help point'.
Experience with helping people
Good communication skills
Flexibility and commitment
Organised with a professional attitude
An interest and enthusiasm for libraries
If you can help, please phone 01392 384318