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Dorset libraries volunteering opportunities for adults

Our adult volunteering programme is available in selected libraries, subject to vacancies and is role specific.

Current volunteer roles

Volunteer roles for adults in libraries
LibraryRoleRole descriptionContact


Events and activities volunteer

Supporting Cultural events and artist residencies in Gillingham library

Gillingham Library Manager


Events and activities volunteer

Supporting Cultural events and artist residencies in Weymouth library

Weymouth Library Manager


Reader leader for shared reading 

Leading Shared Reading group every Wednesday 10.30am - 12noon from 5 February 2020

Weymouth Library Manager


Events and activities volunteer

Supporting BBC Novels that Shaped our Lives and other adult events.

Blandford Library Manager

Lyme Regis

Reader Leader for Shared Reading

Leading shared reading group Wednesdays 2pm-3.30pm with one other volunteer

Lyme Regis Library Manager


Activity Co-ordinator

Developing fantastic stories and fun crafts on a Saturday morning 10am-12 noon with one other volunteer

Upton Library Manager

Apply for a volunteer role

You will need to provide contact details of a referee and an emergency contact.

Volunteering at community libraries

The community libraries at Beaminster, Crossways and Sturminster Newton also have volunteer support. Please contact the library to find out what opportunities are available before you apply.

Volunteering opportunities with our partners

Some of the volunteers you see in libraries work for other organisations. Here are some ideas to get involved:

  • Code Club helps 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 an adult volunteer, read the Code Club volunteer role description 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.
  • Royal Voluntary Service Home Library Service needs volunteers to deliver library books to housebound readers and help with book choices
  • Digital Champions help adults get to grips with technology using the Adult Skills and Learning Superfast Dorset Digital Champion initiative
  • Read Easy, working through community-based volunteer groups, offers a free, friendly, flexible approach to learning to read for any adult who either can't read at all, or who lacks confidence with reading. There are several groups in Dorset
  • Dorset Reading Partners is a charity that recruits, trains and equips volunteer reading partners to support children with their reading development, working mostly with schools and occasionally with libraries

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