Dunchurch Community Library has been running successfully since April 2012, fully staffed by volunteers. There are currently about 35 volunteers trained in all aspects of day to day running of the library. DCL depends on its band of volunteers for many aspects of running the library, not just manning the library itself. Our volunteers are involved with:
- Staffing the library - dealing with loans and returns, shelving books, helping customers find what they are looking for, reading to children, and many other diverse tasks
- Presentation of the library - arranging the stock, keeping display boards attractive and up to date
- Fundraising - helping with events such as fashion shows, coffee mornings and talks
- Publicity - advertising events, publicising library initiatives, spreading awareness of the library as a village hub
How to volunteer
Volunteering gives you a chance to meet new people and do something interesting and worthwhile with your spare time. No experience is necessary as you will be given training, and will always be working with at least one other team member. While it is helpful if you know how to use a computer it is not essential - more important is a positive and friendly attitude, and of course an interest in the library.
You don't need to commit to a regular time each week - we operate a flexible rota system. There is a sign-up form in the library so you can add your name for any session needing to be filled. The sessions are:
- Tuesdays 9.45 to 13.35, 13.25 to 17.05 and 16.55 to 18.45
- Thursdays 9.45 to 13.35 and 13.25 to 17.15
- Fridays 9.45 to 13.35 and 13.25 to 17.15
- Saturdays 9.45 to 13.15.
Regular volunteer meetings are held to keep you up to date, and there is also a volunteer newsletter with news and information about new procedures. And we have occasional social events so volunteers can get to know each other.
If you would like to volunteer please see the panel on the right, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.