Volunteer at Helsinki City Library
Libraries offer many volunteering opportunities – come up with your own idea or get involved in our existing activities! Why not volunteer as a book club instructor, read aloud short stories, lead a game club or organise activities for children and young people or senior citizens. Where possible, we offer support in organising events, instructing groups or hosting other activities.
As a library volunteer, you will sign a volunteering agreement, and the City of Helsinki will insure you during your voluntary work. You can commit to volunteering for as long or short period of time as you wish. In certain tasks, volunteers commit to the activities for one semester at a time.
How to get involved
If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with our contact persons for voluntary work or your local library.
Southern Helsinki: Jätkäsaari, Lauttasaari, Pikku-Huopalahti, Rikhardinkatu, Töölö and Suomenlinna libraries
Leeni van Tulder firstname.lastname@example.org
Vappu Nurmi (Reading Ambassadors) email@example.com
Eastern Helsinki: Herttoniemi, Itäkeskus, Kontula, Laajasalo, Myllypuro, Roihuvuori, Sakarinmäki and Vuosaari libraries
Romana Mázerová firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Helsinki: Arabianranta, Kallio, Käpylä, Maunula, Oulunkylä, Paloheinä and Vallila libraries
Eeva Karhunen email@example.com
Johanna Laaksonen firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Helsinki: Etelä-Haaga, Kannelmäki, Malminkartano, Munkkiniemi, Pasila, Pitäjänmäki and Pohjois-Haaga libraries
Sari Langdon email@example.com
Northern Helsinki: Jakomäki, Malmi, Puistola, Pukinmäki, Suutarila, Tapanila, Tapulikaupunki and Viikki libraries
Tuula Rönkä firstname.lastname@example.org
Iiro Laukola email@example.com
Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Ulla Leinikka firstname.lastname@example.org
Leena Eskelinen email@example.com
Volunteer work at Helsinki City Library
Book club instructor
Our book clubs get together once a month to read books and discuss literature. Our staff will familiarise you with the task and can also help you get started on leading the club.
Book club volunteers are expected to have an interest in literature, but no other experience is required.
After-school activity instructor for children and young people
Library grandmas and grandpas and other after-school activity instructors play games, read aloud stories, draw pictures and just spend time with children after school. As a library grandma or grandpa, you can take part in activities that you enjoy. The volunteers spend approximately 2–2.5 hours at the library on an agreed day every week.
Finnish language café instructor
At Finnish language cafés, you can help immigrants learn Finnish or act as the café instructor. You are required to have a good command of the Finnish language, good communication skills and patience to listen and understand various levels of spoken Finnish. Library staff are sometimes also involved as language café instructors. All volunteers are trained for the task.
The purpose of the activities is to strengthen the participants’ Finnish language skills, provide them with information about the Finnish society, help them integrate into our society and give them the opportunity to meet new people.
Language cafés are usually held once a week, some less often.
Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to pass on the joy of reading to others? Why not join our reading ambassador activities! As a reading ambassador, you will support reading as a hobby by reading aloud to senior citizens or others who need help with reading. The reading usually takes place at service homes.
Helsinki libraries will support you in your role as a reading ambassador. The libraries organise get-togethers for reading ambassadors where they give tips on books that are suitable for reading aloud, share the joy of reading, and discuss questions and experiences related to reading.
Keep an eye on our event calendar on the Helmet.fi website to see when the reading ambassadors will next meet. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local library staff.
You can also act as a reader in various library events, such as Novellikoukku (Hooked on short stories).
Libraries offer many volunteering opportunities – come up with your own idea or get involved in our existing activities! Where possible, we offer support in organising events, instructing groups or hosting other activities.
Photo: City of Helsinki / Jonna Pennanen