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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:

Bentley Area Community Library
Conisbrough Community Library

Denaby Community Library & Hub
Edenthorpe Community Library
Rossington Community Library
Scawthorpe Community Library
Wheatley Community Library

Volunteering Oppportunities Volunteering Oppportunities

Volunteering Opportunities 
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.


Volunteer role

 - What do library volunteers do?

 - When, where and what times?

 - Will the role be suitable for me?

 - How will I be supported in this role?

 - Why volunteer - what's in it for me?

 - Who do I contact and what do I do next?

 

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:

Armthorpe Community Library

Askern Community Library

Bawtry Community Library

Balby Community Library

Bentley Area Community Library

Bessacarr Community Library

Cantley Community Library

Conisbrough Community Library

Denaby Community Library

Edenthorpe Community Library

Hatfield Community Library

Intake Community Library

Moorends Community Library

Rossington Community Library

Scawthorpe Community Library

Sprotbrough Community Library

Stainforth4ALL incorporating Stainforth Library

Tickhill Community Library

Warmsworth Community Library

Wheatley Community Library

Woodlands Community Library and Hub

 

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