Could you volunteer at your library? Are you keen to learn new skills and meet new people? Volunteering is a great way to feel connected to your local community and to give back. At East Sussex libraries, there is a wide range of rewarding volunteer roles on offer.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear what some of our volunteers have to say.

Home Library Service

Home Library Service volunteers deliver items such as books and CDs to residents who can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities.


“I really enjoy my role as a home delivery volunteer. It’s like being a befriender with a shared passion for reading.

“Reading transports you from your everyday life and I know how much enjoyment my ladies get from it. Over the months and years you really get to know your clients, building up a real friendship with lots of laughter.

“My ladies are avid readers so regularly run out of books from their favourite authors. I particularly love researching for other similar authors for them and start them on a new journey.”


“The ladies at Heathfield Library have been soo very kind and helpful with their advice and help looking for books for me. I have learnt so much. I enjoy talking to my ladies, and they say there are so grateful to me getting books for them. One lady I have introduced her to different authors and some she has really got hooked on and is very pleased.”

Find out more about volunteering for the Home Library Service.

Homework Club

Homework Club volunteers support children aged 5 to 11 with homework by helping them find the resources and information they need, both in the library and on the internet.


“Library volunteering is a fantastic way to get out and about and feel like I am making a difference in my local community.

“Visitors seem to really appreciate the sessions that I run and it’s rewarding to see they difference they make to children and parents who might otherwise just be home on their own.

“The library staff are always very appreciative and helpful, and make me feel like I am part of the team. I would definitely recommend volunteering to others.”


“The club has evolved from reading and homework to a relaxed club where young people and their carers can unwind and enjoy some time at the end of the day to connect with others.

“We’re had some lovely creative activities and it’s interesting to see the different interpretations.  We try and theme activities according to the season.

“A comment from one of the young mums which is so rewarding:

‘this is my favourite part of the week’. The young people are very positive about the club too.”

Find out more about volunteering for the Homework Club.

Summer Reading Challenge

Can you motivate children to read more this summer? We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the summer holiday. This role is available mid July – mid September.

Find out more about volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge.


Learn more about all our library volunteer roles and apply on the East Sussex County Council website.

Read about other volunteering roles in East Sussex.