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Brunel University Library - Special Collections Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

The Special Collections department within Brunel University Library is responsible for collecting, caring for, and providing access to, the university’s unique and distinctive special collections of archival, ephemeral and printed material. Special Collections aims to support the university’s research and teaching by opening up our unique resources to enrich study and inspire exploration and discovery. It raises the profile of Brunel by actively encouraging use from outside the university. We aim to develop, care for, and provide access to our collections in line with professional standards and to ensure that our collections will survive for use by the students and researchers of the future.

 Our collections are available to anyone to use. They cover a wide range of subject areas, including working class autobiographies, the Channel Tunnel, transport history, poetry and equality and advocacy issues. The earliest items in our collection include books from the seventeenth century.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

These exciting volunteer roles based within Special Collections (part of the Information Services department, within the Bannerman Centre) provide a great opportunity to experience a range of work typically encountered in the heritage sector.

You will receive training in handling objects, books and archival material. Tasks are likely to include:

  • Listing, sorting and organising printed and archival material
  • Promotion and outreach using social media
  • Carrying out preservation activity, such as repackaging archival items
  • Preparing displays

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one morning or afternoon (3 hours) a week for at least a term. This must be on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Skills Required:

  • Attention to detail, methodical working, patience, MS Office (especially Word and Excel), ability to work independently

Additional Benefits:

  • Information on potential career pathways will be discussed with the volunteers, including an overview of librarianship in general, plus heritage specific careers.
  • We also arrange for volunteers to visit other heritage organisations to broaden their experience.
  • Hours recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record.
  • All hours contribute to your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.


  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?