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Volunteering opportunities in Poole Libraries

Love your library, why not volunteer? 

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to get involved in a variety of activities in Poole Libraries. There’s something for everyone, whatever your interests and the time you have available.

By volunteering with us you can learn new and enhance your current skills, meet new people and have fun whilst helping others. So become part of our growing team and support your local library.

We currently have opportunities in our libraries for:

Children’s event assistant

Homework club helper

Library support volunteer

Computer buddy

Reading group facilitator

Social media volunteer

Publicity & promotions volunteer

Home Library Service Support Volunteer

Recording studio assistant

 To apply as a library volunteer, you will need to register with Poole Culture Volunteers. You can download or print a form from their page or visit your local library to pick up a joining form and get more information   . 

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Friends’ Groups

Friends' groups support the public library network in Poole – currently we  have groups at Canford Cliffs and Canford Heath libraries. We welcome people from all parts of the community who share an interest in books and libraries, and who want to promote the library service within the community.  These groups also help the library service by fundraising to buy books, equipment and furniture. If you would like to join a group, please contact your local library.

Make a difference this summer

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers

We are looking for volunteers aged 16 to 25 to help in the library with the Mythical Maze!

Are you interested in helping children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national reading initiative aimed at young people. The scheme offers rewards to children completing a programme of reading 6 books throughout the summer holiday.

You can help us by:

  • Talking to children and helping them to choose their books

  • Explaining how the Reading Challenge works

  • Joining children for the Challenge, and giving out rewards

  • Helping with story times, craft sessions and special events

  • Guiding children and families through the Mythical Maze website

  • You can help in any library which needs Summer Reading Challenge volunteers.

Why get involved?

In return for volunteering you will have a chance to:

  • Improve your communication skills

  • Meet new people

  • Get experience for your CV

  • Make a difference to a child’s future

Enjoy a fantastic summer!
You will need to:

be 16 years old or above

  • enjoy reading and sharing this enthusiasm with others

  • be friendly, approachable and able to communicate with children and adults

  • have a basic familiarity with using computers and online resources

  • be punctual, reliable and honest.

How do I get involved?

To apply as a volunteer, even if it’s just for this summer, you will need to register with Poole Culture Volunteers. You can download or print a form from their page.

Alternatively, talk to the staff in your local library who will give you a paper form to complete.

Please note: We are hoping to recruit as many volunteers aged 16-25 as possible but if you are under 16 we would still like your help. So come and join in the fun!

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Contact us


01202 262424

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Culture & Community Learning
Northmead House
30-32 Northmead Drive
BH17 7RP