Join our volunteers
Every library in Devon is run by paid library staff, but there are lots of volunteering opportunities for people who wish to get involved and support their local library and community. Your Devon library offers a variety of events and activities, as well as providing access to a wealth of resources and information.
What our current volunteers say about volunteering with us:
“I enjoy the opportunity to engage with all sorts of people. Satisfaction of doing something positive and contributing towards helping others” Sally, Exeter
“A sense of purpose and feeling useful. Meeting new friends and learning what’s going on” Elizabeth, Tavistock
“I think I definitely improved my confidence and gained new friends along the way. I also think I improved my communication skills. This volunteering role has made me grow as a person” ZuZanna, Torrington
How to become a volunteer
You want to make sure that the role is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend.
Volunteering roles may include opportunities to:
- Code Club Volunteer
- Bounce & Rhyme Volunteer
- Book Track Volunteer
- Story Time Volunteer
- Class Visits Volunteer
Help other library users
- ICT Support Volunteer
- Meet and Welcome Volunteer
- Library Extra Volunteer
- Work Club Volunteer
Help out in the library
- Stock Management Support
- Events Volunteer
- Gardening Volunteer
- Promotions Volunteer
If you would like to find out more about volunteer roles currently available near you call into your library for a chat with the Library Supervisor or give them a ring. Our friendly library staff will be happy to discuss a role in more detail so that you can decide if it’s the right role for you.
All volunteers will be asked to fill in an application form and attend an interview held at the library. Successful applicants will be asked to supply details of two referees.
Volunteers for some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Libraries Unlimited will provide any training or inductions necessary.
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 for young people aged 14 -17. Visit your local library to find out more about how you can get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge.
Home Library Service Volunteers
Devon Libraries works in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Serviceto 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