Volunteer

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

Teen Volunteers

Teen Library Council

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

Teen Book Review Project

Join the Teen Book Review project. Read a book and let other teens know what you think! You get one volunteer hour for every 100 pages you read, and one additional hour for your rating and review.

How it Works

  • You do not need to register or sign up.
  • You can read e-books OR physical books that are part of the library’s Teen Fiction or Young Adult collections.
  • When you search for books using our website, you can type in “teen fiction” or “young adult fiction” in the search box. Use the filters to narrow your results.
  • If you read an e-book, it must be published within the last 2 years.  
  • If you read a physical book, it can be published at any time.
  • Email your review to library-teens@surrey.ca  
  • Include your full name, your home branch, the book title and author, and if you would like the review posted anonymously.
  • Use this guide for writing your review and submit it in paragraph form.
  • Limit of 3 submissions per week.
  • Your review must be in your own words. We check every review for plagiarism.  

Requirements

  • You must be a Surrey resident.
  • A Surrey Libraries card number to borrow books
  • The Libby by Overdrive App if you want to read e-books on a device (Note: it doesn’t work on Kindles)

Volunteer Hours

  • A review must be submitted to earn volunteer hours.
  • Volunteer hours are calculated by staff based on the number of pages in the print version.
  • A letter confirming your hours can be written upon request.

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

READ-Ability 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.