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Ever wanted to volunteer at the library? Newcastle Libraries are offering you opportunities to contribute your energy and skills to enhance the service we provide to the community. Volunteers can really make a positive difference in the lives of our members.

We offer volunteer positions in the following areas:

Home Library Service Volunteers Program

The Home Library Service (HLS) is a free service connecting City of Newcastle residents who find it difficult to access the Libraries' physical collection. The Home Library Service team liaise with residents, and select and pack for deliveries to individuals in their own homes and those residing in aged care.

The HLS volunteer program offers a unique opportunity for civic minded volunteers to assist in the selecting, packing, and returning of items. You will also have the chance to engage with our Home Library borrowers to provide reader advice and enjoy a casual chat.

Digital STEM Volunteer Program

Are you a confident with providing technical support to the participants during STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops? Sessions include coding, robotics and 3D printing. Workshops would include working with children, youth and adults. The role of digital STEM volunteers includes troubleshooting such as connectivity, settings, and navigating web pages, and basic understanding of the STEM activity and equipment and software.

Newcastle Seed Library Volunteer Program

Are you a keen gardener and are you interested in fostering a Seed Library in Newcastle. Join our Newcastle Seed Library volunteer program and assist us to manage seed donations, help promote the seed library via social media, and assist with other general tasks and activities such as seed saving workshops, on an as required basis.

Local History Library Volunteer Program

The Local History Library volunteers support the staff in conserving the collection and making it more accessible to the community.

The volunteer program currently runs on a Thursday morning in the Local History Reading Room.

Digital Support Volunteer

Are you confident in your knowledge of laptops and devices? Do you enjoy helping people with technology? The Newcastle Libraries in partnership with TAFE NSW are running a series of training courses on basic use of a laptop, the internet, emails and aims to help participants improve their digital skills and confidence. We are looking for volunteers to provide technical support to the participants during these digital training sessions. Problems usually include connectivity, making changes in the settings, retrieving passwords, registration and navigating pages.

Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutor Program

There is great satisfaction in helping someone to learn to read a newspaper, fill out a form, look for work, or write with confidence. Our Outreach team are looking for tutors to assist adults needing assistance with basic English reading literacy.

Adult literacy tutors need to have good English reading and writing skills themselves; however, more important than technical knowledge, are qualities such as patience, encouragement, and treating others as equals.

If any of these volunteer programs sound of interest, please register contact us via our volunteer enquiry form.

Newcastle Youth Council Volunteers

Newcastle Youth Council is a Strategic Advisory Committee to the City of Newcastle and provides an opportunity for young people to participate in an organisation that recognises the importance of giving young people a forum to discuss and provide input into local community issues. Newcastle Youth Council (NYC) provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 25 to provide strategic advice to the City and be involved in community engagement activities.

Find more information about the Newcastle Youth Council here