Love Libraries Love Volunteering

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Love Libraries Love Volunteering was a programme to develop a coordinated best practice approach to volunteering across London's public library services.

Funded by Team London (the Mayor's volunteering programme for London) and led by a consortium of partners1 the programme involved a pilot project, case studies, tools and guidance specific to the sector, which could also be applied to other services.

Ten library services involving 13 London boroughs and volunteer centres2 were involved in the project, which aimed to strengthen local communities and engagement with London’s public library services by supporting and creating volunteering opportunities. It explored some of the issues and obstacles to volunteering and aimed to find flexible solutions, as well as gathering useful baseline data.

These web pages make the resources and learning from the Love Libraries Love Volunteering project available to local authorities and volunteer centres.

Downloadable marketing materials to recruit volunteers to support and add value to library services can be found at the bottom of this page - however there are conditions to their use:

  • they cannot be used to recruit volunteers to replace paid staff.
  • the guidance for use of the Team London logos must be adhered to.


  1. Association of London Chief Librarians (ALCL), Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA), LB Merton, Volunteer Centre, Merton and the Reading Agency.
  2. Barnet, Bromley/Bexley shared service, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield Hackney, Havering, the ‘Triborough’ (Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea), Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

If you are interested in volunteering in London’s Public Library Services please click here or contact your local library.

Blue Team London Logo