Last updated:

1st February 2024

Library volunteering

How it works

WBC Libraries use volunteers to help provide a range of additional library services on a regular basis, including:

  • Children’s story times, rhyme times and craft activities
  • Event Support – Author Talks, Book Festivals (CBF) and Fair Booths 
  • Clubs for young people such as code club, writing groups, LEGO club and Warhammer Club
  • Home Library Services – This involves volunteers selecting and delivering books to homebound readers across the borough every three weeks
  • Library activities such as reminiscence groups and UK online sessions
  • Community Library Volunteering - Some WBC Libraries are community supported, meaning that volunteers are needed to support customers and deliver site services independently. WBC Libraries are currently recruiting volunteers to staff Spencers Wood and Arborfield Libraries
  • Summer Reading Challenge – This takes place annually and is an opportunity specifically for young volunteers aged sixteen to twenty-four to volunteer in our libraries. The recruitment for this challenge occurs each May, with activities then taking places across the summer holidays

WBC Libraries are also open to prospective volunteers interested in starting clubs and activities at our libraries. 

Why volunteer?

Volunteering benefits the library service and makes a huge difference in the local community. There are also a range of personal benefits including:

  • Meeting new people
  • Developing skills and gaining experience
  • Adding to your CV
  • Having fun while making an impact on your local community

The minimum age of application is sixteen years of age. Please note that some roles have a minimum age of eighteen years.

Training and support are provided for all volunteers.  

More details

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