Book Shelving Assistant

Book Shelving Assistant


We welcome many customers to our Central and Branch Libraries every week who are keen to use and browse through our book stock.  It is therefore essential that we keep the library shelves and book stock and displays as tidy and presentable as possible. We require volunteers to assist with returning books to the shelves and ensuring that they are filed correctly. We are seeking volunteers who have a passion for books and who would enjoy supporting their local community.


Main tasks: (some training will be provided)  

  • File returned books correctly either alphabetically or numerically onto the shelves

  • Assist with creating and/or keeping book displays tidy

  • Returning incorrectly placed books to the correct shelving section

  • Answer customer enquiries or sign post customers to the correct member of staff who can assist them.

  • Provide general support to customers in accessing information


Skills Required


  • We are looking for someone who is methodical and organised and conscientious with good interpersonal skills

  • Need to have a patient, calm and helpful manner if assisting with customer enquiries

  • Able to reach the high and low shelves to enable correct placing of books

  • Proactive approach to assist with any general tasks that may need completing on the library floor

  • Ability to file alphabetically and numerically

  • Volunteer as part of a friendly team


When: One or two  session per week - hours and times to be agreed with the individual

Where: Based at Sutton Central Library or one of our Branch Libraries to be discussed


Benefits to you:

  • A chance to meet new people and learn new skills

  • Enjoy being part of a friendly team of volunteers

  • Make a difference to your local community

  • Enhance your CV and future job prospects