Service Alerts

Starting Jan 18, all locations except Carson, Glanworth & Lambeth are OPEN for borrowing and computer use starting Jan 18. Visits limited to 60 minutes max. Masks & distancing required

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If your Library account is expiring, you can renew online. If you don’t have an expiry message, you do not need to renew.
Print from Home now available!
Your Library is now FINE FREE!

Volunteering FAQs

Volunteering F.A.Q.’s
How do I apply?
  • Have a look at the "Become a Volunteer" page
  • Choose an area of interest that you like to help with
  • Think about which libraries you can travel to easily (close to home or school)
  • Click on the link that will lead you to our online application form an create a profile
  • If you need assistance with applying, any branch staff will be able to assist you
How long before I start?

After you apply, we will contact you about the next steps*. These steps can often take several months. Keep an eye on our Future Volunteer Opportunities which will let you know approximately when you might start i.e. We are recruiting for Fall

*If there are positions available, references and a brief interview and a Police Record Check will be required before you can begin volunteering. Training workshops are required for all positions. We'll tell you all about these steps when we contact you.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers at the Library help us to serve the people who use our services. Our volunteers really enjoy helping people and are enthusiastic, friendly and confident. Many of our volunteers speak a second language in addition to English. Volunteers do not organize or put away books.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You can apply to volunteer once you are 14 years old.

I'm a High School Student, how many hours can I earn?

It depends on the position and your schedule, but most volunteers earn a few hours each month if they volunteer regularly.

Why do I need a Police Record Check?

London Public Library requires a Police Record Check for all of our volunteers. The Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) is restricted to applicants who are seeking employment and/or volunteering with vulnerable persons.  All volunteer roles that high school students are involved with have the potential to be working with children or a vulnerable person.  

What else should I know about the Check?

There will be a $15 fee to have the PVSC done. The Library staff will make the process as simple as possible.  This includes letting you know what kind of identification you’ll need.

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