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Volunteers can get involved in a variety of activities at Portsmouth libraries. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, boost confidence and make new friends. Our volunteering roles are available to everyone 14 and older, except the Summer Reading Challenge role where we accept applications from age 12.

Typically each volunteer works with us once a week for around 2-3 hours a day on average. You can work more or less depending upon your circumstances.

We’ll give you support and training for whatever role you’re interested in. This may be shadowing, just talking through what’s involved or an occasional training session.

We advertise all our current opportunities on the Portsmouth Together website 

Once on the site simply type 'library' in the keyword search box.

We're currently recruiting for:

Southsea Library volunteers

Friends of Southsea Library 

Friends of North End Library

Friends of Beddow Library 

If you have any questions on volunteering opportunities in Portsmouth libraries, either email the library volunteer services or call 023 9268 8259.

Friends of Beddow, Southsea and North End Libraries

The Friends groups promote their local Library by developing new ideas and events to encourage people to use the library. They also help raise funds to buy library extras. We're looking for volunteers to join the existing groups at Beddow and Southsea libraries and looking to start at new group at North End Library.

Branch library volunteer

Volunteers support our library staff in a number of ways, for example:

  • shelving books and keeping the library tidy
  • helping customers use the self-service kiosks, or computer facilities
  • support library staff deliver activities or events for different age groups.

Work is typically three to four hour shifts at your preferred library Monday to Saturday, but flexibility is always offered.

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