Become a Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer

Information about applying for a Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer with Oxfordshire libraries.

A Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer helps young people to meet the requirements of the volunteering or skills sections of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, by gaining experience working in a library and helping customers

Description

Purpose

  • to gain experience of helping people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • to help customers find the information and resources they need
  • to gain experience working in a library and learn how a library works
  • to meet the requirements of the volunteering and skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Activities

  • meeting and greeting library visitors
  • helping them find and choose books and other resources
  • assisting new customers to join the library
  • answering general enquiries and using online resources to deal with catalogue enquiries and help customers reserve items
  • helping customers use the self-service machines
  • helping customers book public computers and helping them with basics such as printing
  • returning books to their correct places on the shelves and helping keep the shelves tidy
  • creating and top-up book displays to promote the library stock to raise customers awareness about stock
  • collecting books from the shelves to fulfil customers’ requests
  • checking books for condition and processing or repairing books as required
  • helping to prepare and run activities
  • assisting in keeping the public and workroom areas tidy and safe.

Skills and abilities needed

  • to enjoy working with people of all ages
  • to be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn
  • to have an interest in books and reading
  • to have good communication skills and be a good listener
  • to be able to work on your own or as a part of a team

Age restriction

You will need to be 13 years old or older.

How to apply