Kirklees libraries are at the heart of communities and allow local people to access a range of services, including books, free time on computers and information about all Kirklees Council services. Local organisations are encouraged to be involved in the services on offer.

If you can spare a few hours a week and are interested in working with the community to help us deliver the library service, you can sign up to volunteer in your local library.

Apply to be a Kirklees library volunteer

Volunteering opportunities in libraries

What we can offer you

  • A chance to meet new people
  • Relevant training to learn new skills and enhance your current skills
  • Experience of working with different age groups
  • An opportunity to extend your knowledge of your local area and develop skills to share that knowledge
  • A sense of pride and satisfaction from helping others in your local community
  • The possibility of helping to sustain our libraries.

What volunteers are doing

Volunteers are already:

  • Helping customers with self-issue
  • Helping customers get online
  • Serving tea and coffee and washing up
  • Returning books to shelves
  • Setting up for events
  • Gardening
  • Organising events
  • Helping customers with family history
  • Telling stories
  • Helping with craft activities.

What volunteers say

Volunteering makes a difference in so many ways and here's what some volunteers have said:

  • "Volunteering has helped me build my confidence when talking with people."
  • "Volunteering allowed me to socialise and gave me a reason to get out of the house at a particularly lonely part of my life."
  • "The experience I gained has helped me to get an apprenticeship after a year of searching."
  • "Volunteering at the library has helped to expand my social skills as well as build positive relationships with co-workers and members of the community alike. I am now at a stage where I am able to self-run activities and also mentor and support new volunteers."