Praise for Royal Borough's library volunteers

14 February 2017

The work of library volunteers, who range in age from 14 to 77, was celebrated at a special reception hosted by Royal Borough’s Mayor, Cllr Mrs. Elizabeth Rutherford on Wednesday 8 February.
Some 35 of Kensington and Chelsea’s 60 library volunteers attended the reception where the Mayor thanked them for their work, which over the past year has amounted to 1,745 hours volunteering, or 72 days, with each person giving on average 29 hours of their time.

The volunteers support a wide range of activities. For example, 20 volunteers work with individuals and small groups providing IT support to develop and improve people’s digital skills. Another 33 volunteers help children who use the libraries homework clubs. Last summer 18 volunteers helped over 500 children complete the Summer Reading Challenge of reading six books during the school holiday.

The scheme has been running since 2009 and volunteers can be found in all of the borough’s six libraries.

Bruce Oglivy said his love of reading prompted him to volunteer: “I enjoy books so I thought that volunteering to help tidy the shelves was a good chance to work in the library. I spend two hours each week in the library at Chelsea Old Town Hall.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should ask at their local library or contact the Volunteer Centre on 020 8960 3722 or go to

Praising the volunteers for their commitment and work the Mayor said: “The support you provide for libraries and archives staff is very clear. Your volunteering makes it possible for Council staff to deliver additional services, events and activities and all of this makes our libraries such great places to visit and use. Thank you all for your work, I hope that it will inspire others to consider volunteering at their local library.”