Volunteers can get involved in a variety of activities at Portsmouth libraries. There’s something for everyone, whatever your interests and the time you have available.

New roles are always being developed, so please check this page for updates.

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

If you’re interested in any of the volunteering opportunities below, download and complete the expression of interest form from the documents section below. Email the completed form to libraries@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or post to Portsmouth Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2DX.

For more information on volunteering opportunities in Portsmouth libraries, phone 023 9229 7072 or learn more about other volunteering opportunities in Portsmouth.

Home Library Service

Volunteers deliver library books to customers who are unable to get to their local library. If you love reading and enjoy chatting to people, this could be perfect for you. Visit times are arranged to suit both you and your reader, but are normally monthly or every other month. You will be required to undergo a DBS check for this role.

Computer tutor

Teach absolute beginners how to use computers, the internet and email. Opportunities may exist to formally teach a class of adults, or to provide support in flexi-learning classes. Classes typically take place at Portsmouth Central, Southsea and Carnegie libraries Monday to Saturday. We're also planning to offer one to one teaching opportunities. Full training is given.

Friends of Beddow and Southsea library

The Friends promote Beddow Library in the community by developing new ideas and events to encourage people to use the library, and raising funds to buy library extras. Volunteers help support or prepare events and we are hoping to develop Southsea Library in the same way so are looking for volunteers to become a Friend of Southsea Library.

Job club

Volunteers, with good IT skills and a reasonable grasp of English spelling and grammar, support job seekers in finding and applying for work online, and help them write CVs and covering letters. Job Club meets at North End Library on Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 4.30 pm.

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 North End, Southsea or Central libraries Monday to Saturday, but flexibility is always offered.

Helping the visually impaired

Good IT skills are needed, and disability awareness is an advantage, to support the Visual Impairment Officer by helping visually impaired customers use computers at the weekly Central Library drop-in session - Wednesdays, 2 to 3.30pm.

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