Volunteer

The library offers select volunteer opportunities. For working at the library, please see our Careers section.

Teen Volunteers

Envision Financial Reading Buddies

Become a Big Buddy with Envision Financial Reading Buddies. Applications open twice a year, spring and fall.

Teen Library Council

Join the Teen Library Council to become a youth ambassador for the library. Applications open once a year in summer.

Teen Read & Review

Are you looking for a fun way to earn some volunteer hours? Do you enjoy reading a variety of genres? Join our Teen Read & Review program! Each month we’ll have a new genre and a new list of books for you to choose from. Check out any book on the list, read it, and send us a review. Earn volunteer hours and have your reviews posted on our website!

How it works

  • Click here for the list of books for this month. Check back next month for a new link and a new list.
  • Choose one of the books from the list and check out a copy from your local branch
  • Follow this template
  • Reviews should be short: around 250 words
  • Email your review to library-teens@surrey.ca and include your name and branch
  • Reviews must be submitted before midnight on the last day of the month (e.g. all January reviews must be sent in by Jan 31 at 11:59pm). We’ll move on to a new list of books starting on the 1st of the month.
  • Your review will be posted on our catalogue under your first name. Let us know if you’d prefer it to be posted anonymously.
  • Limit of 2 submissions per month
  • Your review must be in your own words. Do not copy or re-word other reviews that you find online. We check every review for plagiarism
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Volunteer Hours

  • Each 100 pages equals 1 hour of volunteer time. If a book is within 20 pages of the next hour, it can be rounded up (e.g. a book with 293 pages will count as 3 hours)
  • We’ll use the page numbers from the library’s printed copy to calculate your volunteer hours
  • Writing your book review equals 1 additional hour of volunteer time
  • Book reviews must be submitted to earn volunteer hours
  • A letter confirming your hours can be written upon request

Requirements

  • You must be a Surrey resident
  • For teens ages 12-18

Teen Digital Booklists

Calling all teens! Are you always recommending books (or audiobooks) to your friends and family? We’re looking for teens like you to create lists of e-Books and e-Audiobooks for our website. Create a theme for your YA booklist and provide us with at least 30 titles. You’ll earn volunteer hours for each list you make!

How it works:

  1. Choose a theme for your booklist. It can be specific or general, just keep in mind you’ll need to find at least 30 teen books to fit your theme. Some examples: Christmas, revenge, books with kick-ass females, POC main characters, elections, tear-jerkers etc.
  2. Email Alan.Woo@surrey.ca to make sure that your theme hasn’t already been chosen. Once he gives the okay, you can start working on your list.
  3. Find 30 Young Adult titles to fit your theme.  Please don’t include books for children or adults. All titles must be available as eBooks or downloadable Audiobooks with Surrey Libraries. Ask any of our information staff (email: library-teens@surrey.ca) if you’re not sure how to search for only e-Books and e-Audiobooks.
  4. Make sure to include both the title and the author for each book on your list.
  5. Send completed lists to Alan.Woo@surrey.ca. Lists will be posted on our Overdrive website.
  6. Limit of 1 submission per week

Volunteer Hours:

  • You’ll earn 2 volunteer hours for every list that you make
  • A letter confirming your hours can be written upon request

Requirements:

  • You must be a Surrey resident
  • For teens ages 12-18

Adult Literacy Tutoring

Become an adult literacy tutor with the Learn with a Friend Community Adult Literacy Program. Volunteers provide literacy/numeracy tutoring and support of adult learners on a one to one basis. Must be 19 years or older, have excellent English language skills, High School Graduation. For more information phone Eva Touzard at 604 596-7722 ext. 138 or email: eva.touzard@pics.bc.ca

The Partners Tutoring Program offers free one-to-one tutoring to adult learners. Volunteer tutors receive 15 hours of training and ongoing support. Minimum qualifications are fluency in English with excellent written and oral skills, High School graduation or equivalent, and must be 19 years of age. Phone 778-242-READ (7323) or email readswrs@gmail.com

Home Delivery Volunteers

Accessibility Services is looking for volunteers in the City Centre, and Cloverdale areas. Home Delivery Volunteers are responsible for delivering library materials to homes and care centres. Volunteers need to enjoy working with people, have enthusiasm for books and reading, and be able to work cooperatively and respectfully with seniors and persons with special needs. You can learn more on our news page or hear about the experiences of a retiring volunteer.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Participate and get involved in your community by volunteering with the City of Surrey.

Check out Go Volunteer and CharityVillage for opportunities across Canada.