Library volunteers

Your library needs you: become a library volunteer

We are looking for people who:

  • are enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about their local library
  • would like to gain new skills, meet new people and contribute to their local community
  • are interested in volunteering to help with a range of activities and services in Barnet libraries
  • are aged 18 years old or over (if you are between 14-17 years old, please contact your local library about volunteering opportunities).

To find out about volunteering opportunities at Partnership Libraries please contact; Childs Hill library, Mill Hill library, New Barnet library or South Friern library directly.

Current opportunities

Volunteer Self-service Opening Assistant

This is a supporting role within libraries during our self-service opening hours. Tasks include helping customers use self-service kiosks, assisting with any questions or inquiries customers may have, dealing with queries about self-service opening, and promoting library services, events and online resources.

Volunteer Resource Assistant for the School Libraries Resource Service​​​

This is a supporting role based at the School Libraries Resource Service (SLRS). You will be helping to develop strong relationships with schools, helping to discharge and return resources and maintain SLRS stock.

Volunteer Early Years Activity Assistants 

Support library staff at events for under fives. Tasks include setting up the room, signing people in, handing out musical instruments and promoting the library service. Volunteers are required to support staff, run activities that take place in staffed and self-service opening hours.

Volunteer Shelvers 

Support library staff by ensuring that the library is always welcoming and inviting. Tasks include putting stock back onto the shelves in the correct order.  Volunteers are required for staffed opening hours. 

Volunteer Event Assistants 

This is a supporting role, providing additional help to library staff running events for adults at prearranged times. 


Email or contact your local library for an application form.

If you want to have an informal chat about volunteering phone 020 8359 4210 to speak to our Library Community Engagement Officer.

There may be a delay in the application process for volunteering due to the pandemic. Thank you for your patience during this time.