Ways to Volunteer

There are many ways to help the library. You could join one of the working groups, who meet several times a month to work on aspects of the library’s work, like getting the building open, finance, fundraising, communications and programming. If you’d like a more casual commitment, sign up on Three Rings, our volunteering database, and choose which team you’d like to join. See below for more details. All volunteering roles in the library (library desk, cataloguing, cafe duty, snagging), require you to have a basic level of IT skills, because we use an online volunteer management system.

Events Team

We occasionally run events, both at the library and at other venues. These take a bit of organising! If you have ideas for more, or would like to help with existing events, we’d welcome the help. You will need to be able to self-manage your shifts on Three Rings.

Book Stock Team

The book stock team are responsible for sorting the book stock, cataloguing, stickering and shelving the book stock. You will require a basic level of skill with a computer for this role, and should be able to self-manage on Three Rings, our volunteer database. Be aware that this role is decreasingly in demand as we work our way through the cataloguing of our book stock.

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Cafe Team

The cafe team use our lovely, shiny new coffee machine to whip up delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and americanos, and often bake and serve muffins and traybakes to an enthusiastic public. You will need to be able to work quickly, and provide courteous and friendly service. Luckily, our customers are delightful, so it’s often a joy, and more like having a cuppa and a natter with the neighbours than hard work.

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Story Telling Team

Can you bring a story alive as you read aloud? We would like to offer a regular story-time in the library on Thursdays and Fridays. If you can read engagingly, and like working with children, this could be for you. You will need to be DBS checked, but we can arrange this.

Library Desk Team

The library desk team open up the library, answer questions from the general public, issue books and help with the day to day running of the library. You will need to demonstrate confidence and skill on a computer for this role. You will need to be able to self-manage your shifts on Three Rings.

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Snagging Team

If you’re a more hands-on kind of person, you might find the snagging team is better for you. This team will check the library monthly for breakages, damage and deterioration, and put it all right. All materials provided.

Where our volunteers come from

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