Volunteering at our libraries

Find out about volunteering opportunities at our libraries and with our partners.

About volunteering 

Volunteering with the library:

  • can be short or long term
  • can be at the library or with one of our partners
  • includes a wide range of tasks

Most opportunities are for people over 16 years old. If you’re between 14 and 24 years old, you can volunteer to support the Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteering at the library 

Bristol Shares Reading

If you're interested in enriching the lives of others through shared reading, you can become a Volunteer Shared Reading facilitator at a Bristol library. 

Bristol Shares Reading is a project the Reader and Bristol libraries are developing to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing through shared reading.


Throughout the year we hold events with authors, poets and speakers at various libraries across Bristol. Volunteers help set up the spaces and welcome guests.

Summer Reading Challenge

If you’re between 14 and 24 years old, you can volunteer to support the Summer Reading Challenge.  

Placements are for 1 or 2 weeks between Saturday 15 July and Sat 12 August 2017 .

This takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and rewards along the way.

Summer Reading Champions will support children taking part in the challenge in the library and help with activities.

Girl Guides can gain their community action badge by becoming a champion.

How to volunteer at the library

If you’re interested in one of our volunteering roles, or if you want to receive information on new volunteering opportunities, fill in our online form.

We’ll be in touch within two weeks of getting your form.

We’ll give you training and answer your questions before you start.

Volunteering with our partners

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) Home Library Service Volunteer

The RVS Bristol Home Library Service provides an at home library service to people who can’t leave their home. Volunteers choose books, large print, DVDs, CDs and audio tapes to bring to older people in their home on a regular basis.

We’ll give you training and pay your expenses.

To be an RVS volunteer, you must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • carry identification

If you’re interested in volunteering with RVS, email hetty.metcalfe@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or call 07714 898558.

Find out more on the RVS website.