Volunteering at the library

A library volunteer at a public event

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Southampton City Libraries. 

We both appreciate and value the time, and help, our volunteers give us. Our volunteers benefit our customers, staff and the wider community.

There are opportunities for everyone, whatever your experience or time available.

Current volunteering opportunities

Applicants must be aged 16 or over, with the exception of Summer Reading Challenge volunteers who must be aged 14 to 25. Successful applicants may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Applications to apply can be made online or in writing. Find out more and apply.

If you have any questions about volunteering prior to applying, please let us know using our online form:


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself a couple of minutes to fill in the form.

You will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Your borrower number (if relevant)

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Other ways to get involved

You can get involved with one of the many friends' groups at our libraries.

The groups support and promote their local library through various activities, such as arranging social events, fund raising, and encouraging the use of library facilities.

If you are interested in setting up a "Friends of" group please speak to a member of staff in that library. If you would like to join an existing group please contact them directly: