Libraries - volunteering

Our libraries are brilliant places to volunteer. You’ll meet a wide range of people, get to work with some incredible staff and volunteers, and build your own skills as you go.

What makes our libraries special?

Our libraries offer a wide range of services to help people, including:

  • Book lending
  • Free access to ebooks, audio books and e-magazines
  • Free to use computers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A wide range of activities and events
  • Opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people
  • Opportunities for young people to get involved in volunteering

Please note: the minimum age for young people to volunteer is 18. Duke of Edinburgh and School placement work experience is 14. Not all duties are suitable and a risk assessment may need to take place.

What opportunities can I get involved in?

Our volunteer opportunities include:

Digital Support Champion - Many of our customers really want to be online, but they don’t know where to start. You will be patient and clear and will know your way around a keyboard and the internet, whilst also being able to pass your skills on to others.

Events and Activities Champion - Across our libraries we have a wide range of regular events, as well as ad hoc events and activities and organised visits. You will work with the library team in facilitating and making sure a great experience is had by those attending, showcasing the library and its benefits.  You will be confident, kind and friendly and enjoy engaging new people.

Meet and Greet Champion - We are looking for a friendly face to help meet and greet customers and signpost them either to the library services they need or other Council services. It is an opportunity to learn or use previously gained customer service skills and meet new people. You will be confident and have the ability to effectively triage and signpost customers, as well as being friendly and happy to speak to new people.

Aspull Volunteer Library and The Grange Volunteer Library - These are our fully volunteer run libraries, and as such the type of role here involves meeting and greeting customers, issuing, returning and renewing books, digital support, shelving returned books and general library duties. You will be a good communicator, work well in a team and enjoy meeting people.

How can I volunteer?

See above for the volunteering opportunities across Wigan and Leigh Libraries. If you are interested in any of the above and would like to apply, get in touch.

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