Your local library offers a variety of events and activities for people within your community, as well as providing access to a wealth of resources and information.

Every library in Torbay is run by paid library staff, but there are lots of volunteering opportunities for people that wish to get involved and support their local library.

How to become a volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at a library, please contact your local library to find out what roles are currently available. All volunteers will go through an interview process and successful candidates will be asked to supply details of referees. Successful applicants will be provided with training or inductions as necessary by Libraries Unlimited.

Volunteers for some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Our volunteering roles include opportunities to:

Help Children

There’s always a lot going on at Torbay Libraries for children and young people, from Music, Rhythm & Rhyme to Lego Clubs.   We often need volunteers to help out in the children’s library, supporting them to get ahead with their reading or to help out at events.

  • Music, Rhythm & Rhyme volunteer
  • Lego Club volunteer
  • Code Club volunteer

Help other library users

Help someone learn how to use a computer, help with an event or just have a coffee and a chat with some of our regular visitors.

  • Local History volunteer
  • Family History volunteer
  • Books on Wheels volunteer
  • IT Support volunteer
  • Library Club volunteer

Help out in the library

Assist people in using self-service kiosks, keep stock organised or assist with customer enquiries.

  • Stock Management Support volunteer
  • Meet & Welcome volunteer

Volunteering opportunities for young people

Almost all library volunteer roles are open to applicants aged 14+, but young volunteer support for the Summer Reading Challenge is exclusively for those aged 11-16. Visit your local library to find out more about how you can get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Please note, not all volunteering opportunities listed above are available in every Torbay library. Please contact your local library to discuss the roles available, or for general enquiries please email:



My Account

Exeter Library are currently recruiting volunteers to help with meeting and greeting customers on the 'help point'.
Key skills:

Experience with helping people

Good communication skills

Flexibility and commitment

Organised with a professional attitude

An interest and enthusiasm for libraries

If you can help, please phone 01392 384318

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Libraries Unlimited

Libraries in Torbay are run by Libraries Unlimited

Bringing ideas, imagination, creativity and knowledge to enrich people’s lives and build thriving communities.

Libraries Unlimited South West, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered company number: 9822597. Registered charity number:1170092. Registered office: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ.