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Volunteer with Dorset libraries

Volunteer at Dorset libraries

There are different volunteering opportunities at libraries across Dorset. Apply to become a volunteer by completing this form.

Opportunities for older volunteers aged over 25

We are currently recruiting adult volunteers to train as Reader Leaders, developing and running weekly Shared Reading sessions in libraries. DCC Reader leader role description.

For an informal discussion please contact Julie Freeman or complete the online volunteer application form.

Some of our volunteering roles are supported by Reading Hack, a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 hoping to make reading fun.

  • meet new people and help your community
  • improve your communication and organisation skills
  • plan your workload and learn how to work as part of a team
  • gain valuable customer service and work experience
  • add to your CV or university application

Opportunities for volunteers aged 14 to 25

Most opportunities for volunteering directly with Dorset Libraries are for young people aged 14-25. Young volunteers can be accredited for volunteering or we offer support if you are already working towards an award.

You can choose how many hours you do and when you want to come in, subject to the requirements of the role and agreement of the library manager. Most volunteer roles have a minimum requirement of 10 hours in total.

If you are under 25 please complete our online volunteer application form .

Or download and fill in the volunteer application form and return it to your local library.

Summer Reading Challenge Champion

The Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer role includes:

  • promoting and joining up children to the Summer Reading Challenge
  • talking to children (mainly aged 4-11) about their books
  • handing out their rewards and incentives
  • encouraging them to share their enthusiasm for reading

  • helping with displays and activities in the library

Why you should volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteering with the Summer Reading Challenge has been such a thrilling and rewarding experience, one which has most definitely improved my confidence as well as my CV!"
Jade, Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer 2016.

Activity and events volunteer

Activity and events volunteer role includes:

  • helping children to complete the Arts Award
  • preparing materials
  • assisting children and families at craft and story sessions
  • opportunities to assist the Reading and Learning Team with creating, marketing, promoting and hosting of events

Code Club volunteer

Help children learn to code in a computer club at the library.

You must be over 18 to apply, but there is no upper age limit. 

If you would like to apply as a Code Club volunteer:

  1. Read the Code Club Volunteer role description.
  2. Then go to the Code Club website and register online. 

You must complete the Code Club mandatory training before we can link you to one of our clubs.

Consultation group member

Consultation volunteer (children's PLUS survey) role includes:

  • giving out survey forms to either adults or children
  • explaining to participants how to take part in the survey
  • helping participants to fill in a form
  • collecting in the completed forms

Digital Champion

Digital Champion Volunteer role includes:

  • help computer users to access Learn My Way to use online basics like using a mouse, touchscreen controls and setting up email addresses
  • signpost computer users to Online Plus for a range of services including online banking, forms, shopping online, and Facebook
  • help with printing
  • help with accessing the library 24/7 service
  • help with downloading ebooks and audiobooks
  • help with scanning documents and attaching them to emails

Duke of Edinburgh students

Duke of Edinburgh students can complete work experience or volunteering in some libraries, but not all libraries can accommodate Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. 

Speak to the library manager in your local library about volunteering as a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer.

Recruitment volunteer

Recruitment volunteer role includes:

  • take part in pre-interview training
  • take part on an interview panel or as part of a youth panel
  • ask the candidate questions
  • score the candidates answers
  • take part in the discussion after the interviews to select the youth panel's preferred candidate

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