Home Library Service volunteer

The Home Library Service helps to keep Buckinghamshire residents, who find it difficult to visit a library connected to reading and their local community.

As a volunteer you will be matched to clients in your local area. You will choose books for them, based on their preferences and taking these to their homes once a month.

This is a great way to share your love of reading and help us to offer housebound customers, a connection to all the services the library has to offer. 

Applying to volunteer in a library

Our library staff may contact you shortly to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. 

Before you start you will need:

  • Details of 2 referees 

Some volunteer roles require a DBS check to ensure the protection of vulnerable residents. 

You must be 18 or over to apply to be a Home Library Service volunteer.

Apply to be a Home Library Service volunteer


  • To collect a selection of books and other library materials from a library and deliver these to a clients home
  • To select items on their behalf based on their preferences
  • To return these items for the client, visiting on average once a month
  • To spend time with the client, discussing books and other interests
  • To use the online catalogue to order items of interest for your clients (training will be given)

Skills and abilities needed

  • Friendly and interested in others
  • Able to commit to visiting clients on a regular basis
  • Interest in books and reading
  • Basic computer skills for use of the library catalogue
  • To maintain client confidentiality


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