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Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help support the Stuart Hall Library and Programming team to deliver iniva’s mission to develop and sustain international social and political artistic, research and education.

Who is this for?

This volunteer opportunity would be invaluable for:

  • current art, curating, cultural studies and politics students who has an interest in the research or subject areas of the collection e.g. the work of Stuart Hall, Caribbean artists, Indigenous art, Black female artists;
  • pre-library school applicants to acquire basic library skills;
  • current library school students who want to work with diverse collections;
  • those in the community who seek to work in an art library or arts institution.

What will you gain?

The experience offered will be tailor-made to support the volunteers’ future professional interests in working in museums, libraries, archives or galleries.

You will gain valuable insight into how a specialist research library collection is managed and organised, working on tasks including, frontline reference desk services, indexing and abstracting, cataloguing, shelving and general administration.

Volunteers may also participate in library and exhibition tours, providing event support for our programming (e.g. Research Network and reading groups), researching and preparing reading lists, and other tasks around the library collection.

What will you learn?

Depending on your areas of interest, you will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Providing a high standard of customer service for all library users including welcoming users at the reception desk, responding to enquiries and supporting users in the use of resources;
  • Supporting the coordination, delivery and documentation of iniva events, including talks, tours and workshops as part of programming if required;
  • Researching the collection and creating reading lists and tour scripts;
  • Re-shelving library materials and moving loaded trolleys to the appropriate areas when required;
  • Cataloguing and classification of resources in MARC to RDA standards;
  • Indexing and abstracting journal articles as part of the cataloguing process;
  • Contributing content for blog posts and social media; and
  • Undertaking any other appropriate library tasks and projects, as determined by the Library and Archive Manager.

What skills and experience do you need?

To gain the most from this opportunity, you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of how to use library search catalogues is required;
  • Interest in and empathy for the work and ethos of Iniva;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a customer focus;
  • Ability to learn to shelve library materials accurately and speedily according to a library classification scheme following instruction;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Provide a high standard of regular and reliable attendance;
  • Flexibly adapt to changing work requirements and;
  • Be willing to undergo training to effectively carry out tasks as may be required from time to time by the Library Manager.


We require all volunteers to attend an induction and training which may be delivered through organised training sessions, work shadowing or under supervision.


Travel and lunch expenses up to £10 per day will be reimbursed.


To gain maximum benefit from this volunteer opportunity you will need to be available one day per week between Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-5pm for 3-6 months.

How to apply?

Please email Tavian Hunter, Library and Archive Manager at library@iniva.org with a CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to volunteer at iniva and how it would help your future career aspirations.