Volunteering opportunities

+ Today's opening hours

  • Ashburton 10am-6pm
  • Balwyn 10am-6pm
  • Camberwell 9am-5pm
  • Hawthorn 10am-9pm
  • Kew 10am-9pm

A number of volunteer roles exist within the Library Service.

Why volunteer?

You will enjoy the opportunity to:

  • help provide a much needed service
  • make new friends
  • make a valuable contribution to your community.

Volunteering opportunities

+ Computer Savvy Seniors trainers

What is computer savvy seniors?

The Computer Savvy Seniors Program is a free peer training program for senior residents in the City of Boroondara who would like to learn basic computer and Internet skills.

What does a trainer need to do?

  • meet the senior residents in their homes or in one of the City of Boroondara's libraries
  • work with the residents on an individual basis focusing on their needs and skills
  • be available for up to six lessons per participant.

What do you need?

  • comprehensive understanding of computers and the internet
  • a Police check (we will organise this at no cost to you)
  • spare time on a regular basis
  • patience and flair for teaching.

What does the Library provide?

  • trainers are invited to regular meetings where they can meet other volunteers
  • demonstrations of library resources are offered
  • the training can take place within one of the five libraries where a computer will be booked prior to the training session commencing.

For further information and expressions of interest:

+ English Conversation Club tutors

What is the English Conversation Club?

  • it is an hour long, informal program designed for people who have English as a second language. They will be encouraged to use English comfortably and understand various slang as it is used in Australia today.
  • the Club is for adults only and is also a place where people from various backgrounds can meet others in a supportive and safe atmosphere to converse and exchange stories.

What does becoming a tutor involve?

  • volunteers are asked to commit to an hour per week
  • you have an understanding of cultural diversity.

What do you need?

  • tutors are either retired English or ESL teachers
  • a Police check (we will organise this for you).

For further information and expressions of interest:

+ Home Library Service

How can you help?

  • deliver library materials to housebound residents in their home
  • return borrowed materials to the library
  • liaise with library staff and borrowers
  • provide a valuable communication link between borrowers and library staff.

What do you need?

  • current driver's licence
  • a reliable vehicle
  • a police check (we will organise this at no cost to you)
  • spare time on a regular basis (usually monthly)
  • enthusiasm and vigour.

How do you join?

Register with the Home Library Services Librarian at your local library, and we will arrange an interview to finalise details.

+ For students

What does the Library offer:

  • you are able to volunteer at the Library Service as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Program although vacancies are limited
  • community service placements at the Library Service for secondary students. Vacancies are very limited.
  • work experience placements at the Library Service for secondary students. Vacancies are very limited.

For further information and expressions of interest:

+ Other volunteering opportunities

There are many other opportunities to volunteer across the community. The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre (BVRC) provides free information and referral services to assist people to find volunteer work in a diverse range of fields.

For further information and expressions of interest: