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 two weeks trained volunteers makes 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 librarycommunityteam@southend.gov.uk .

To get involved please call 01702 356060 or email vb@savs-southend.co.uk.

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above to help children keep reading in the summer holidays. It is the ideal opportunity to have fun, gain new skills and it’s also great for the CV.

The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in all Southend Borough Libraries. This year’s challenge is called Mythical Maze.

Southend Borough Libraries are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 15 hours from Saturday 19th July to Saturday 30th August in The Forum: Southend-on-Sea, Friars, Kent Elms, Leigh, Southchurch, Thorpedene and Westcliff libraries. Volunteers will help library staff sign up children to the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about their books encouraging them to complete the challenge.

Application forms and role descriptions are available from local libraries or from the related downloads link below. The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd May. 

ImagiNation Project Planner

Are you interested in art and reading? If so then this could be the project for you.

We are looking to recruit young people aged 12 – 16 to be Project Planners and work with us, and the artists we have recruited, on planning some arts workshops that will be taking place in The Forum: Southend-on-Sea and Westcliff Library during the summer holidays.

The planning sessions will take place in May and there may also be opportunities to work with the artists to run the workshops during the summer.

If you are interested in taking part fill out an application form from the related downloads below with a parent or guardian, and then either post to the address provided or return the form to your nearest Southend library. Please note we have extended the date you need to have applied by until Friday the 9th May.

ImagiNation is a reading and arts project for young people running in 10 library authorities across the eastern region, including Essex, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


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. 

Page last updated: 25/04/2014