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Home Library Service

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Library staff make up bags of books for readers based on a profile which each reader completes. The volunteer then collects bags of books for up to 5 people from the library on a designated day and delivers them to each reader on a list. They will collect books which the reader has finished with and return these to the library. The volunteer often passes on information from readers about book choices and requests etc.

Organisation aims and objectives

East Lothian Council Library Service is a major community and educational facility whose purpose is to safeguard, promote and improve the social, economic, environmental and democratic well-being of the people of East Lothian through enabling them to gain unbiased access to books, information, knowledge and works of creative imagination which will: - encourage their active participation in cultural, democratic and economic activites - enable them to participate in educational development through formal and informal programmes - assist them to make positive use of their leisure time. - promote reading and literacy. - encourage the use of information and an awareness of it's value.










1-2 hours per month


As above – it is necessary for the volunteer to carry bags of books to our clients.
Experience required: No experience necessary. Drivers most needed as bags of books need to be carried for a distance, although some routes can be done on foot. This opportunity would suit a people person who likes to interact with others as many of the clients are housebound and value personal contact.
Minimum age: 18


Taster details: No training necessary – a chat is all that is required.

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