Our volunteers are invaluable to us – they help out in all aspects of our work.  Every  contribution counts to us and is much appreciated.

Volunteers enjoy helping out and taking part in our many activities, meeting new people and being part of the social life of the Lit & Phil.

How you can be involved:

Serving on the Board of Trustees

Ordinary or named Family members may stand for election to the Board. Normally these elections take place in May every year and members are notified in advance with full details of how to do this.

Assisting at Events

With approximately 200 events taking place in the Lit & Phil every year, volunteers are a crucial part of their smooth running, from introducing speakers, stewarding to helping set out chairs and serving drinks. Not every task will appeal to everyone, of course!


Our voluntary bookbinding group meets on a Thursday afternoon and is supervised by a professional bookbinder. Members of the group do a great deal to tackle the library’s backlog of damaged or deteriorating books, as well as repair books from their own collection. The volunteer class is for Lit & Phil members aged 18 and over only. Enquiries can be made via library@litandphil.org.uk

Leading Guided Tours

We organise regular guided tours of the building, as well as tours on request from groups such as Local History Societies. The popularity of tours is ever increasing so we do need more people to join our team of guides. Full training is given.

Greeting Visitors

We have recently established a team of ‘greeters’ who are on hand as often as possible welcome visitors to the library and to answer any questions they may have.

Serving in the Coffee Hatch

The hatch is one of the most popular and revered institutions of the Lit & Phil and run entirely by volunteers.  We’ll show you the ropes and your commitment might only be once or twice a month.

Stuffing Envelopes

At least four times a year we send out mailings to members and we ask volunteers to stuff envelopes with newsletters etc. It is a very sociable activity – one of our most popular activities amongst volunteers.

In addition, there are often new or one-off opportunities for volunteers.

If you would like to be part of the Lit & Phil’s team of volunteers please contact us by clicking the button below.