Volunteering in libraries

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Brighton and Hove City Libraries. We are committed to recruiting volunteers from all sections of the community.

However due to the high volume of recent applicants, we are not currently recruiting new volunteers.  We will be advertising volunteer opportunities at a later date.


Please see the roles below give you an idea of the types of volunteer opportunities we may be able to offer 

Volunteer roles in Brighton & Hove libraries

Stock Assistant volunteer

We are seeking to recruit and train Stock Assistant volunteers to help in community libraries during Libraries Extra hours. This exciting opportunity will involve looking after library stock and helping customers find, borrow and return library materials. This role will entail lone working - full training and support will be given.

Library Stock Assistant Volunteer role description (PDF 179KB)

Please be aware there are no current vacancies for Stock Assistant volunteers in Jubilee, Hove and community libraries during staffed hours.

Volunteer to help people with IT

We offer a get online in libraries service to help people learn basic IT skills. From teaching absolute beginners the basics of using a computer, tablet or smart phone, through to exploring ways to save money online and get information about the council, our volunteers are helping everyone get access to the web.

Library Connect volunteer role description (PDF 156KB)

We have a new opportunity to help customers with IT in Brighton & Hove Customer Service Centres as a Council Connect Volunteer.

Council Connect volunteer role description (PDF 227KB)

Home Delivery Service Volunteer

Many people are unable to get to one of our libraries because of disability, serious illness, or caring responsibilities. Our Home Delivery Volunteers can help by bringing books and audio books to people in their own homes, providing a vital service to some of the city’s most isolated residents. We would like to be able to offer this service across the whole city, so we’re looking for many more volunteers to help out. Find out more about our home delivery service.

Home Delivery Volunteer role description (PDF 88KB)

Library Greeter Volunteer

We’re looking for friendly and helpful individuals to make our customers feel welcome in the library. Duties include encouraging full use of library facilities, signposting to information & services and helping customers use library equipment.

Library Greeter Volunteer role description (239KB)

How to become a volunteer

For more information read our volunteering FAQ (PDF 1MB)

If you think you may need additional support to volunteer for the library service, please get in touch with us to discuss your circumstances.

We can answer your questions if you contact us at: library.volunteering@brighton-hove.gov.uk. Where possible please include a contact telephone number.

All volunteer roles within the library service support the existing work of paid staff and do not replace the work of paid staff. Support will be given to ensure that boundaries are maintained by staff and to ensure there is no replacement or substitution of staff by volunteers.