The following libraries are in urgent need of new volunteers. If you have a few hours a week to spare please consider volunteering with us.
To volunteer contact one of the libraries below:
Conisbrough Community Library
Denaby Community Library & Hub
Edenthorpe Community Library
Rossington Community Library
Scawthorpe Community Library
Wheatley Community Library
Volunteers are very welcome to join in any of the 21 libraries in Doncaster that are opened and maintained across the week by more than 400 volunteers. The opening of these community libraries this would not be achieved without the dedicated contribution of local people giving their time. Doncaster Council supports the libraries managed by volunteers:
• By providing all the book stock
• By providing computers, internet connections, and software packages, so that customers of libraries with volunteers can still access all the excellent free resources you would expect in a library
• By providing events and activities given by library staff
• By meeting most of the running costs of the building
These libraries provide excellent opportunities for volunteering.
What do library volunteers do?
The main requirements are:
• Helping with general library duties, such as opening and closing the facility,
• shelf tidying, helping customers with PCs and searching for / seeking information,
• answering enquiries using available resources,
• basic stock management (issuing and returning items from borrowers), and reserving stock for customers.
You do not have to have computer skills to be able to volunteer – volunteering can include, for example, tidying and sorting the stock, cleaning the building, or creating displays. At the same time, some volunteers are showing an interest in helping people with using computers, so it depends on what you feel comfortable with.
When, where, what times?
Some libraries managed by volunteers are in the same location they always were, and some have moved to new locations (see the list below). Opening times are dependent on the local community's ability to volunteer. The amount of time you give to volunteering is completely up to you – the library service and your local volunteer managed library are simply grateful for your support.
Will the role be suitable for me?
Specific qualifications are not required.
Volunteers do need:
• good people skills
• to respect the principles of equality and diversity
• to understand confidentiality
• to be prepared to go undergo basic training
How will I be supported in this role?
Volunteers receive training for this role. As said, the library receives regular consignments of stock, paid for by the local authority, and provide ICT facilities such as computers, and the software used on public PCs such as Microsoft Office, as well as access to a limited form of the library database with which to issue and return stock. The library service will also provide outreach support in the form of, for example, events, story-times, summer reading challenge and local history resources.
Why volunteer – what is in it for me?
Relevant training will be given. We aim for volunteers to increase their skills and confidence, and, where appropriate, to gain experience to help them gain employment. It's obviously an excellent way to meet new people and contribute directly to your community. The library service is also working closely with other agencies to ensure that we offer the appropriate support and direction for volunteers.
Who do I contact and what do I do next?
Thank you for your interest. For further information and to register your interest please email or phone your local volunteer-managed library: