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Volunteer with Southend Libraries


Bookstart is a national scheme which encourages parents to share books with their children from an early age.

We are looking for volunteers with an enthusiasm for books and a desire to give the children of Southend a head start. To apply please fill in our bookstart volunteering form found in our related downloads at the bottom of this page.

Home Library Service

Our libraries offer a free home delivery scheme. This means that if you have trouble visiting our libraries we can deliver books (large and ordinary print), audio books, videos, DVDs and more directly to your door.

Every four weeks trained volunteers make sure that 260 people across the town can continue to enjoy their library service.

A few facts about volunteering:
  • Volunteers with the Home Library Service visit people with disabilities, older people and carers who cannot easily use their local library.
  • Volunteers are teamed up in pairs and visit customers in the same part of town every two weeks.
  • The service is organised by Library Community Services, who give full training and support to library volunteers.
  • Due to the physical nature of the service (i.e. lifting boxes and books) volunteers should be able to cope with this aspect of the work.
  • Volunteers use their own cars to deliver the books and we pay them a mileage allowance.

For a free factsheet and application form please call us or email at .

To get involved please call 01702 356060 or email

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

The Summer Reading Challenge returns for 2016 and we're looking for volunteers aged 14 or over to help children to read during the summer holidays.

If you can commit to a minimum of 21 hours from Saturday 23rd July to Saturday 3rd September, we want to hear from you. As a volunteer you'll have fun, learn new skills and have something great to put on your CV.

As a volunteer you will help library staff:

  • Join children to the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Talk to children (mainly aged 4-11) about their books.
  • Hand out stickers and rewards.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd June 2016

For the role description and registration form please see our Volunteering with Southend Libraries download area


Storyrhymes sessions are to introduce children from birth to four years old to the magic of stories and rhymes.

If you enjoy sharing stories and rhymes with young children and would like to lead any of our storyrhymes sessions please fill in our storyrhymes volunteering form found in our related downloads at the bottom of this page. 

Southend Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Volunteer Library Assistant

Southend’s branch Libraries are looking for committed volunteers to assist in the day to day delivery of the services.

As a volunteer Library assistant your role will be to support our customers in using the library and its facilities, issuing and returning stock, assisting with self-service units, shelving items, locating requested items for other libraries as well as assisting customers with basic enquiries and public IT support. You will be working alongside full time members of staff and other volunteers to deliver these services to the local community.

As a volunteer with Southend Libraries you will be working with people of all ages and ethnicities. You will develop new skills in a customer focused environment as well as new IT skills with the opportunity for practice.

You will receive in-depth training to cover all of these aspects.

Volunteers are not required to commit to the full opening hours, as volunteers can decide what hours a week they can commit to, but we would require that this commitment be on a regular basis.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at one of our libraries and would like more information please contact the Volunteer Support Team via email:

Page last updated: 12/08/2016