Volunteering at our libraries

Volunteering at our libraries

Find out about how to volunteer 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 

Shared Reading Project

Interested in enriching the lives of others through Shared Reading? 

In partnership with six South West Library Services and Literature Works, The Reader is recruiting volunteers to deliver weekly Shared Reading groups in 4 of Bristol Libraries: 

  • Southmead
  • Hillfields
  • Filwood
  • St Paul’s 

You’ll receive full training with ongoing support from The Reader, library staff and volunteers across the South West. 

The posts available are:

Local Organisers: you’ll be an information contact for people wanting to take part in shared reading.

You’ll also help promote the project and to keep in touch with volunteers. 

This will suit you if you have or want to develop managerial skills.

Reader Leaders:  you’ll deliver shared reading sessions at the library.

You’ll be reading aloud to the group and sparking conversations on the plot and the characters.

Shared Reading Advocates: you’ll promote shared reading groups in the region that improve wellbeing, build community and reduce social isolation.

Digital/Event Volunteers: you’ll film, photograph or document special events in libraries and use social media to promote them.

You'll also use social media to promote the library service and the South West Region of Readers project.

Friends groups

You can set up or join a Friends Group.  Friends Groups are independent groups who work with Bristol Libraries to help create a library service that works for the whole community.


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.

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.

Ask about volunteering

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 email or call 07714 898 558.

Find out more on the RVS website.

Read Easy UK volunteer 

Read Easy UK helps adults learn to read with free, confidential, one-to-one coaching. 

You’ll be trained to work with ‘new readers’ in Bristol libraries.

If you’re interested in volunteering contact Marilyn Henry on or 0117 300 3675. 

Find out more on the Read Easy website.