The aim of involving volunteers in library actions is to increase the cohesion between the library and the community. The role of the library today is to help the citizens to be full-valued members of the society and to support them coping with everyday life. Volunteering at the library is an essential contribution to help and counsel other members of the community.
We also wish to influence social processes through volunteering. Volunteers of different age from all walks of life help to mediate information among different generations and groups of society, thus increasing social cohesion and involvement in the community.
The use of library services has increased in recent years. Volunteers give an extra value to library services contributing their knowledge, skills and experience, widening and developing our services. A volunteer in the library sees us through the eyes of a user thus helping to make our services more user friendly.
Tallinn Central Library welcomes volunteers who are willing to contribute time, energy, skills, knowledge, experience and ideas to encourage diversity in the library and to introduce library services. Everybody can volunteer, regardless of age, national or cultural background or their special needs.
Library volunteer is cheerful, energetic and creative. He/ she has great communication skills to find common ground of communication with the readers. Library volunteers are fond of reading, they value books and systematic approach specific to any library.
If you have decided to pursue a career in a library you can become a volunteer, For those in doubt volunteering at the library helps to decide if the profession offers the right fit for them. You can volunteer if you have retired from paid work, especially if your previos work has been connected with libraries, children and education, or with books and literature. We offer various opportunities for our volunteers – working with children, meeting peole who value books and reading, orgasnizing events and helping to introduce library services are only some of them.
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