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Volunteering in libraries

Turn free time into useful time by volunteering at one of our libraries. We have several different volunteering opportunities depending on your skills and interests. If you can spare a few hours a month, we would love to hear from you.

Scholars Chase Library at Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Scholars Chase Library is a brand new facility and joint venture between the Extra Care Charitable Trust and South Gloucestershire Council offering a library service to both residents and the local population. We are looking for volunteers to manage the library, providing a friendly and helpful service to all and helping users get the most from the resources available. Full details, role descriptions and how to apply.

DigiLocal Volunteers – South Gloucestershire Libraries Code Clubs

Do you have an enthusiasm for computers and working with young people? Want to inspire the next generation?
We are currently looking for volunteers to run code clubs for 6-12 year olds in our libraries (Staple Hill, Kingswood, Yate and Filton). You don’t need to be an expert as we have training and resources available, just bring a sense of fun and adventure.
DigiLocal volunteers role description
If you want to find out more about the DigiLocal network and these opportunities, email​ ​or call 07739705578.

IT support

If you are comfortable and confident using internet, email and MS Office software and would like to help others who need more support, why not think about IT Support volunteering in libraries?

Please email for more information.

Event Support Volunteers

South Gloucestershire Libraries run many different events throughout the year – from author visits to family events celebrating British Science Week. We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join the library team to help at these events.  Volunteers could be involved in:

  • helping to set up for events e.g. putting out activities, moving tables and chairs;
  • welcoming visitors to the library and encouraging people to get involved in the activities;
  • assisting with activities e.g. craft activities;
  • helping with refreshments at events;
  • collecting audience feedback at events;
  • helping clear away after events.

Volunteering is available throughout the year. Dates and times are arranged on an individual basis between the libraries and volunteers depending on which events are running.

For further information contact

Region of Readers

Do you enjoy reading? Why not volunteer to become a Reader Leader, part of an innovative community project called South West: Region of Readers – making a difference by connecting people through shared reading.
Find out more at

Home library service

We also need friendly volunteers to deliver library books to older people living in their own homes or in care homes, helping them continue their love of books and offering them the stimulation of reading.

Interested?  Contact your local South Gloucestershire library or email

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

“Being a volunteer has helped me to develop my social skills which has also made it easier to have conversations with people in general. Volunteering makes me feel like I am helping the local community, all for a good cause.”  (Max, Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer, age 17).

“I really have enjoyed my time volunteering here at the library, it has helped build my confidence and is very rewarding.” (Emily, Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer, age 17).

Each year we recruit enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to work as part of the team running the Summer Reading Challenge for primary school aged children. Volunteers will spend their time helping children to complete the Challenge, talking with them about the books they’re been reading and helping at a range of fun activities in the library.

This is a great opportunity to develop skills in communication, team working and creative projects, whilst having fun and making new friends or working towards a volunteering award.  Training will be given. Suitable for age 13+. Applications for summer 2019 will open in the spring.

For more information email

How to apply

To apply to be a volunteer with South Gloucestershire libraries, download an application form and return your completed form to your local library or via email to the addresses above.

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