City of Surrey - Arts - Surrey Art Gallery

Surrey Art Gallery Research Library - About becoming a Library Volunteer - some previous experience or training is required

Library Volunteer

Do you have training as a library technician or librarian. If so, we could us your help! Gallery Library Volunteers work behind the scenes to organize and maintain our specialized research collection.


  • Accessioning new collection materials
  • Maintaining Library collection database
  • Print records to various formats: cards, labels, etc.
  • Organize and shelve library materials
  • Work collaboratively with librarians, staff, and the volunteer coordinator
  • Volunteer weekly for 3-4 hours and commit to volunteer for a period of one year


Attributes sought:

  • Experience working in a library and/or training in library systems
  • A background/interest in art preferred
  • Competency with computers and data entry
  • Knowledge of Dewey decimal system
  • Excellent organizational skills, self motivation, flexibility and enthusiasm
  • An aptitude for working within systems
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An ability to; accept direction, work independently, and work as part of a team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills


Training provided:

  • Initial training: weekly shifts for one month
  • Ongoing: with co-Librarians and staff



  • Experience working in a Gallery Library with experienced staff and volunteers
  • Involvement in a vital arts institution
  • Letter of reference upon request
  • 10% discount for volunteers at the SAGA Gift Shop
  • Participation in volunteer recognition events



Contact Chris Dawson-Murphy at | 604-501-5198

About Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

The Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that our building is situated on the unceded traditional lands of the Salish Peoples including the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, and Tsawwassen Nations.

Mandate & Goals

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

The purpose of the Gallery is to facilitate learning about, and understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art practice. To achieve these goals, the Gallery intends to be:

  • a public forum for conversation about ideas and issues that affect both visual arts and the community at large,
  • a centre for reflection, learning and the sharing of knowledge and experience,
  • a place where, through the medium of art, the community can engage in personal, internal dialogues as well as conversations with others about subjects that affect their lives.