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Library volunteer

Somerset County Council

Name: Library volunteer
Organisation: Somerset County Council
Location: c/o Central Volunteer Team, c/o Spark, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PY
Type: Part Time
Maybe as little as an hour a week, tell us what you'd like to do.


As a Somerset libraries volunteer, there are a variety of different ways that you can get involved and support your local library. From meeting and greeting, helping with activities and events, supporting the Library teams or assisting customer with digital skills. Volunteers contribute to making Libraries a vibrant and exciting place to visit. Our fantastic volunteers bring their experience, knowledge and skills. They support libraries to deliver a range of opportunities and activities to our customers that also benefit the wider community.

Activities and Events Volunteer
This is a great opportunity to develop a variety of skills. You will get the opportunity to support the Library team and to help set up and run activities and events, which could include, Baby Rhyme sessions, Lego Clubs, Craft activities, Reading/Poetry groups, Knit and Knatter groups and Health related activities
If you have a flair for design, you could also support by producing posters for activities and events or helping to prepare displays in the Library.

Library Meet and Greet Volunteer
This is a customer-focused role and provides the opportunity to meet new people, gain experience and work as part of a team. You will provide library customers with a warm and friendly greeting as well as helping them use self-service kiosks and advising them about events and activities taking place in the Library.

Team Support Volunteer
Being a Team Support Volunteer provides you with the opportunity to get involved in a mixture of customer service and back-room book stock and shelving tasks. You might also choose to help with events and activities. This is a great opportunity to develop your communication and customer service skills, as well as acquiring new skills. If you love working as part of a team this role may interest you.

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Organisation Description

Volunteers are a crucial part of our work in communities.


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Cause / Interests

  • IT
  • Libraries
  • Literacy

Types of Activity

  • Administration
  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • General and Helping
  • IT

Skills and Qualifications


Undertake an induction and training
DBS (for some roles) - at no cost to volunteer
Basic IT skills
Good organisational skills
Somerset County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all volunteers to share this commitment.


Our volunteers say...
'My time at the library has been fun, meeting new people who are so friendly'
'I like learning new things that can be applied to any job and dealing with customers'
'I have met new people and my self confidence is much better because of volunteering'

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Local induction provided
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Training for roles provided
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Interview