Volunteer

Explore is here for readers and learners of all ages and from all backgrounds. We’re not just a library and archive service, but a welcoming place to share the joy of reading, carry out research, have a coffee, meet up and explore new ideas.

Our aim is to help people live fuller, more connected and engaged lives, and our volunteers play a vital role in helping us achieve this.

If you are interested in joining us, complete the volunteer application form and the equalities form.

You can email them to contact@exploreyork.org.uk or hand them in at any York library, then we’ll invite you in for a chat about volunteer opportunities.

For more information, read our Volunteer Agreement.

Current Volunteer roles

 

Summer Reading Challenge

This is an excellent opportunity to encourage children, their parents and carers to step into a wonderful world of stories and information and to help them learn to love reading for pleasure. You will help library staff to promote, deliver and administer the challenge, either in libraries or at outside promotional events.

For further information, click on SRC

Location: This role is available at all libraries Explore Libraries & Archive locations and selected external promotional events.

Shelver

This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience of working in a library and ensure that our books are attractively displayed and shelved correctly.

For further information, click on Shelver.

Location: This role is available at all Explore Libraries & Archive locations

 

Local Library Volunteer

This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical all round experience of working in a small library. Our smaller libraries are managed by one member of staff so really need the support of volunteers to deliver their excellent standard of customer care and range of services.

For further information, click on Local Library Volunteer.

Location : The role is available at Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Dringhouses, Dunnington, Fulford, New Earswick, Poppleton, and Strensall Libraries.

 

IT Buddy

All our libraries have public access IT facilities. York residents can use our PCs for up to two hours a day for free.

Some people need a little help to get started and find the information they’re looking for, whether it’s accessing a particular website, completing an online form or adding attachments to email.

For further information, see IT Buddy.

Location: This role is available at all Explore  Libraries & Archive locations

 

Storyteller

This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in working with babies, young children, parents and carers.

It’s also a privileged chance to introduce young minds to new worlds that are only available through stories.

For further information, see Storyteller.

Location: This role is available at all Explore Libraries & Gateway Libraries

 

Explore A Story Assistant

Explore a Story is an interactive storytelling session that lasts 1 hour. The session is delivered to up to 20 children between ages of 2 and 5.

For further information, see Explore A Story Assistant.

Location: This role is available at  Explore Libraries

 

Booksale organiser

Sales of old and duplicate books are held regularly, raising valuable income to buy new books.

Sales normally take place over several days, including weekends, manned by volunteers with guidance and support from staff.

For further information, see Booksale Organiser.

Location: This role is available at all Explore  Libraries & Archive locations

 

Event assistant

We have an exciting programme of events that attract high profile national and local authors and storytellers.

Volunteers are needed to help us deliver these entertaining and informative sessions to adult audiences.

For further information, see Event Assistant.

Location: This role is available at all Explore York Library & Archive locations

 

Chatterbooks

Our Chatterbooks volunteers help deliver interactive and fun reading group sessions for children aged 7-12.

They encourage children to talk about what they’re reading, take part in fun activities inspired by the best children’s books, and choose new books to take home and read.

For further information, see Chatterbooks.

Location: This opportunity is available in York, Acomb, Clifton, Haxby and Tang Hall

 

Children’s shelver

Support library staff by shelving returned books and other items, keeping the stock in order, keeping the displays topped up and making sure young customers have a good selection of books to browse.

For further information, see Children’s Shelver.

Location: This opportunity is available at Explore York Library Learning Centre

 

Explore Cafe Volunteer

This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience, build confidence and meet people. It’s important to us that all our cafes have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and are a clean & tidy space for everyone to enjoy.

For more information see Explore Cafe Volunteer.

Location: This opportunity is available at Explore York Cafe, Rowntree Park Cafe and Acomb Explore Library.

 

Meet and greet

This is a chance to be the first point of contact for people, presenting a positive image of York Explore.

You’ll signpost customers and visitors to wherever they need to be in the building, and help promote services and events.

For further information, see Meeter and Greeter.

Location: This opportunity is available at Explore York Library Learning Centre

Family history buddy

Help customers make the most of our family history resources by supporting their online research and answering their questions.

Full training will be given.

For further information, see Family History Buddy.

Location: This opportunity is available in Archives and Local History at Explore York Library Learning Centre

Archives support

We’e looking for passionate volunteers to support customers using the new archives and local history service, through orientation and answering simple questions like how to find a newspaper article or locate a map.

You’ll also monitor the local and family history spaces and maintain the security and preservation of the collections when they are in use.

For further information, see Archives Support.

Location: This opportunity is available in Archives and Local History, Explore York Library Learning Centre

 

 

Home Library Service

For more information visit our dedicated page.

 

FAQs

Can I claim expenses?

Volunteers should not be out of pocket as a result of volunteering for us. We’ll reimburse reasonable travel costs within City of York boundaries.

Do I need to supply references?

We like to take up two references for all roles and ask that you supply this information on the application form. They should be people you’ve had recent contact with like a current or recent employer, teacher, neighbour or family friend, but should not be a relative.

What skills and experience do I need?

Most roles just require time, energy and enthusiasm. Any additional skills will be set out in the role description. These might include, for example, previous IT experience.

What support and training will I be given?

You’ll be given all the necessary training and support you need to do your role. You’ll also be given an induction, be invited to the library to meet the staff and get to know the building, and will receive ongoing support as your role progresses.

If you have any other questions, contact us at contact@exploreyork.org.uk.