Library volunteer

Search and apply for a library volunteering role.

1 Overview

Although West Sussex Libraries are starting a phased reintroduction of services, unfortunately our library volunteers are unable to return to their volunteer roles at the moment. We are therefore not processing any new volunteer applications at the moment.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with West Sussex Library Service and we will contact you as soon as we can once libraries re-open to the public.

We're looking for volunteers to get involved in a variety of different roles in West Sussex libraries. Involving volunteers helps us achieve our goals and also has a positive impact on our library service, our customers, the local community and on individuals.

Whatever time or skills you have, there is a role for you. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to your local community.

In return for your support, we can offer the following benefits:

  • full training
  • out of pocket expenses.

Some of the roles will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

2 Volunteering statement

Although West Sussex libraries are starting a phased reintroduction of services, unfortunately our library volunteers are unable to return to their volunteer roles in library buildings at the moment. We are therefore not currently processing any new volunteer applications. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We will contact you as soon as we can.

West Sussex Library Service is committed to involving volunteers and provides a diverse range of volunteer roles to help us achieve our goals and reflect the needs of the service, individuals, customers and the local community.

Involving volunteers has a positive impact on our library service, our customers, the local community and individuals. Volunteers make a difference because they:

  • bring a diversity which enriches the library service
  • bring a range of additional qualities, skills and expertise, knowledge and personal experiences
  • help us to expand and extend our services beyond the core service delivery
  • work together with staff (and provide support) to help us achieve our goals
  • offer a unique perspective on the library service and different ways to engage with customers
  • bring local knowledge, represent local views and help us build relationships with the local community
  • help promote a cohesive community
  • help more people access our services and engage with hard to reach customers
  • spend time with our customers in the local community, which can help reduce social isolation
  • are passionate about our service and give up their time to help make our values real
  • have a more active lifestyle and improved sense of wellbeing
  • develop new skills and retain existing skills
  • meet new people and make friends
  • learn and experience new activities and challenges
  • gain confidence, improved self-esteem and sense of satisfaction
  • enhance skills and gain experience to increase future employment opportunities.

We aim to offer a positive volunteering experience for volunteers and library staff and are therefore committed to allocating appropriate resources to recruit, train, support and recognise our volunteers. Involving volunteers does not replace the specialised roles of library staff who deliver our core services.

3 Current vacancies

Although West Sussex Libraries are starting a phased reintroduction of services, unfortunately our library volunteers are unable to return to their volunteer roles at the moment. We are therefore not processing any new volunteer applications at the moment.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with West Sussex Library Service and we will contact you as soon as we can once libraries re-open to the public.

The following is a list of current library volunteer vacancies and links to role descriptions:

4 Contact us or apply

Although West Sussex libraries are starting a phased reintroduction of services, unfortunately our library volunteers are unable to return to their volunteer roles in library buildings at the moment. We are therefore not currently processing any new volunteer applications. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We will contact you as soon as we can.

Use the form below to apply online for a library volunteering post.

Apply online

Contact us using the details below if you have any queries about library volunteering.

Last updated:
26 October 2020
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