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Glasgow Life is a charity that delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council. In doing...

Home Library Service Volunteer

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Volunteers bring the joy of reading and helpful information to the homes of those unable to visit a library.

Glasgow Libraries Home Library Service is more than a book delivery service, it is a lifeline. Friendly and trusted volunteers represent a welcome contact with the outside world and can actively help combat isolation and loneliness. Volunteers bring the joy of reading and helpful information on other important aspects of Glasgow Life services to the homes of those unable to visit a library.

What is the Home Library Service?

Our Home Library Service volunteers deliver books to the home of those who can't visit the library. Volunteers will bring you the joy of reading and a link to the outside world to help beat loneliness.

Who is it for?

The Home Library Service is for customers who cannot visit their local library, for example people with:

Long term illness
Short term illness
Disability – physical and / or mental
Age-related issues affecting access
Mobility challenges – short-term or enduring
Ongoing medical care at home
Caring responsibilities

What is the time commitment for volunteers?

Volunteers and customers agree how often and at what time the visits will take place.

This will depend on the availability of the volunteers. This is usually about one session every two weeks.

Volunteers are asked to:

  • Visit the library to select library materials
  • Travel in pairs to customers’ homes
  • Have a chat with customers and note feedback on the books etc. brought previously
  • Bring materials on loan back to the library & note feedback on their profile sheet at the library
  • Help make customers aware of other relevant Glasgow Life services and opportunities

Applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview.

Please note a Basic Disclosure will be required for this role, Glasgow Life will process and pay for this.

Volunteer training and induction for the Home Library Service will be provided, more details will be shared at interview.

Click 'apply' to express your interest and find out more about next steps.

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Benefits to self

- The pleasure of helping others - Meeting new people and making friends - Sharing and gaining skills and experiences - Improved physical/mental health - Increased confidence - Making a positive contribution to your community - Ongoing training and support - Volunteer events

Benefits to others

- Tackling social isolation - Improved access to the pleasure and other benefits of reading - Supporting the mission of Glasgow Life - Improving understanding of local services amongst service users



PVG required

  • TypeAdministration, Elderly People, Health and Wellbeing, Integration, Physical Disability, Welfare Rights, Other

Employability skills

  • Leadership 0
  • Personal Development 0

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