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Volunteering opportunities in Poole Libraries

Looking for something to do?

  Become a library  volunteer!  You can help by:

  • Delivering Books on Wheels to housebound people
  • Leading a reading group – we currently have opportunities for people to facilitate reading groups in sheltered housing schemes
  • Love reading and talking about books?  Join us as a volunteer reader for "Make Friends with a Book". 
  • Being a Friend of the Library

If you are interested in any of these, please contact Janet on 01202 262452

  • We use volunteers to help run computer sessions at Poole and Canford Heath Libraries, and as Computer Buddies at most of our other libraries. To see our current vacancies, you should check out the Culture Volunteers page of our website.

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Friends’ Groups

Friends' groups support the public library network in Poole - we already 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, raising awareness of the library’s services through talks, visits, advocacy and other programmes, acting as a focus group for consultation, and volunteering to help with social and cultural activities held for library users. The Friends do not manage the service, set policy, or make decisions about how the service is run.

Joining the Friends has lots of benefits: you will be able contribute to the delivery of library services, be inspired by knowing you are helping to spread the joy of reading and the love of books, and the knowledge that you are advocating a service that supports the community.  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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18001 01202 262424

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