Volunteering at a library

Would you like to be part of an innovative and exciting service in your local community? Why not consider volunteering in your local library?

We welcome the support of volunteers, working alongside qualified staff, adding value, skills and experience to the range of services we can offer at our libraries.

Volunteering at our libraries may be for you if:

  • you have an interest in books and reading
  • you like to get involved with your local community and meet new people
  • you have skills and interests that you would like to share
  • you'd like to gain some experience in a busy and friendly environment

Volunteering roles

We offer a variety of roles, from helping people to get online as a Digital Volunteer to helping run events and activities such as board game clubs or reading groups. Not all the roles are available in all the libraries.

Click a role for more information. 

Digital Volunteer

What you are volunteering to do

  • Provide help and support for library customers in using computers and the internet, usually on a one to one basis.
  • Promote Denbighshire Libraries online resources, such as Borrowbox and eMagazines.
  • Assist with events such as Get Online Week.
  • Help and support people with their own learning, using courses such as ‘Learn My Way’.

Skills and qualities needed

  • Good IT skills and interested in new technology
  • Good communication skills
  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
Events and Activities Volunteer

What you are volunteering to do

  • Help set up the library ready for the event, organising chairs and tables etc.
  • Prepare, layout and serve refreshments.
  • Meet and greet library customers.
  • Sell or collect tickets as appropriate.
  • Layout and organise craft materials / suggest ideas for craft activities.
  • Help tidy up afterwards.

Skills and qualities needed

  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
  • To be able to offer approx. 2 hours per session.
Library Stock Volunteer

What you are volunteering to do

  • To put away books that have been returned to the library.
  • To tidy the book shelves and put books in order.
  • To assist library staff in creating effective book displays that help promote the range of titles on offer.
  • To assist with other duties as required, such as re-jacketing books, helping prepare items for book sale.

Skills and qualities needed

  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
  • To be able to organise books either alphabetically or numerically.
  • To be able to reach low or high shelves.
Local and Family History Volunteer

What you are volunteering to do

Provide help and support for library customers by signposting them to resources that will help with their research.

Promote the library’s online services, for example, Ancestry.com.

Skills and qualities needed

  • Knowledge of local and family history resources.
  • Good IT skills.
  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
  • To be able to offer approx. 2 hours per session
Rhyme Time Volunteer

What you are volunteering to do

  • Welcome families into the library.
  • Sing songs and rhymes in a structured session.
  • Help getting the space ready for the session and clear away afterwards.
  • Encourage families to join the library and borrow books.
  • Promote the Bookstart Bear Club.

Skills and qualities needed

  • Have, or want to develop skills working with children under 5.
  • Good communication skills.
  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
  • To be able to offer approx. 2 hours per session, on a regular basis.
Young Volunteers

What you are volunteering to do

  • Sign children up to the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Help children to find and choose books.
  • Help children to use the Summer Reading Challenge website.
  • Help children and families to download the Summer Reading Challenge app.
  • Help with events and activities.
  • Use activity sheets and other ideas to help children share their reading choices with their peers.
  • Collecting data and feedback for evaluation.
  • Help with regular activities, such as Lego Clubs.
  • Keep the Children’s Library tidy and help people use the self-service book kiosk.

Skills and qualities needed

  • To enjoy books and reading.
  • To be outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • To be an ambassador for the library service, and enthusiastic about the services we offer.
  • To be practical, reliable and dedicated.
  • To be able to offer time on a regular basis

How to volunteer

If you'd like to volunteer at a library, you'll need to complete an application form and return it by post or email to one of our libraries. 

Download a library volunteer application form 

After applying to volunteer

We will consider your experience, availability and where you live when offering a role and we will get in touch to arrange an informal interview. We will not be able to respond to all applications.

More information

You can contact us for more information about volunteering at a library.