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Volunteer with the City of Ryde Libraries

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Give back to your local community by volunteering with the City of Ryde Libraries which offers a variety of services and programs to the community. Volunteering is a great way for you to connect with the community and to use your skills and time to help others.

Important Information

Please note the following: 

  • Due to the volume of applications received, only suitable applicants will be contacted when a vacancy becomes available.
  • We will make every attempt to match volunteers with their area of interest and availability, however, we are not able to offer all applicants a volunteer role due to limited availability. Therefore, all applications are only held for six months from their date of lodgement.
  • All City of Ryde Library volunteers are required to register for and obtain a free Working with Children Check (Volunteers). 
  • Volunteering roles with Ryde Library Service are not a pathway for employment. References cannot be provided for a volunteer.

How to Register Your Interest

  1. To submit your expression of interest in a volunteering role, please complete the appropriate form for the role you wish to apply for.
  2. When a role becomes available, suitable applicants will be contacted and asked to attend an interview with City of Library staff.


We seek enthusiastic volunteers for the following roles:

  • English Tutors
  • JPs
  • Tech Assistants
  • Kids Activities
  • Musical Tea Help

English Tutors

We seek volunteers as English teachers/tutors to run our English Conversation Class for adult migrants who do not speak English as a first language.

The classes are designed to target adult migrant learners with a focus on improving conversation skills at beginner and intermediate levels. Participants will be adults across a variety of ages and will be diverse in cultures. Volunteers are encouraged to share their cultural experiences and knowledge of living in Australia with the students.

Volunteers would also ideally be qualified teachers (including ESL) or have experience teaching English as a second Language to migrant learners.

Please note:

  • Classes are 2-hours long and run weekly during school terms at Ryde Library and West Ryde Library.
  • The maximum class size is 10-12 students.
  • Successful applicants will be required to apply for a Working with Children Check (Volunteers).

Click here to view form.


The library offers a Justice of the Peace service to the local community.  If you are a currently registered Justice of the Peace and have time to volunteer to serve our diverse community, we would love to hear from you. Community languages would be beneficial but not necessary.

Our Justices of the Peace volunteer for 2-hour sessions either per week/fortnight or monthly at a City of Ryde Library of their preference. Day and evening time slots are available.

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Tech Help

We seek volunteers to assist members of our community with accessing and using technology.

Technology help is provided at the “Tech Help Desk” and offers assistance with smart devices and  Microsoft Office on our public PCs. It operates as a ticketed drop-in help bar and does not deal with physical faults or repairs. Volunteers will need to be patient and understanding of the learning difficulties facing those in our community who have little or no technological skills.

Volunteers would also ideally have a background in IT or teaching experience and a strong understanding of software applications for a range of devices.

Please note:

  •  The Tech Help bar does not deal with repairs or technical issues nor is it a substitute for undertaking a computer skills training course.
  • Successful applicants will be required to acquire a Working with Children (volunteers) check and a police check (cost covered by the Library for appointed volunteers).

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Kids Activities

Our libraries run fun activities for children such as singing, reading, craft and songs, and allows them to meet other kids. Children's activity assistants will be required to help with the following tasks:

  • Set up and pack up of activities including moving furniture with other volunteers and/or staff.

  • Hand out craft at Storytimes and help children and their carers with craft.

  • Join in with singing at Rhymetimes, answering basic questions and ensuring prams are clear of exits.

Please note:

  • This is a weekly commitment during school terms.
  • Opportunity for occasional school holiday activity may be available. 
  • Skills in languages other than English are desirable but are not essential. 
  • As your full attention will be required, volunteers are unable to supervise children in their care while volunteering.
  • While enthusiastic singing is helpful, tunefulness is strictly optional!
  • These roles do require some lifting, kneeling and bending.
  • Vacancies for Children’s Activity Assistants only become available occasionally.
  • Successful applicants will be required to acquire a Working with Children Check (Volunteers).

Click here to view form.

Musical Tea Help

Ryde Library hosts a monthly Musical Morning Tea program every second Monday of the month and require a volunteer to commit from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The volunteer will be tasked with the following:

  • Set up a tea and coffee station and tend to it during the musical performance
  • Chat with attendees and pack up at the end of the event.

The ideal volunteer will be warm and friendly and is passionate about engaging with members of our community to help us create inclusive social spaces in our Libraries.

Click here to view form.

Last updated on 17 December 2019