Volunteer book buying trips – an annual highlight

Without question, one of the best parts of working in a library is being able to buy new books for the collection. Especially when we can buy the books right here in Adelaide.

It feels good to support independent, family-owned bookshops and enjoy browsing their wide selections and beautiful displays.


Library Volunteer Mike, at Dillons Bookshop in Norwood

Every year in early autumn, the library takes a busload of volunteers to Dillons Bookshop in Norwood, where everyone gets a small budget and plenty of browsing time to find new books. It’s a small reward to thank our team of volunteers for their time and commitment.

Funds for the buying trip come from the proceeds of the library’s secondhand book sales.


One of our volunteers, Molly, browsing books on the shopping tour.

The diverse range of interests among the volunteers ensures the library receives plenty of new books on a number of topics.

From the recent purchase trip we now have beautiful new cookbooks, art books, fashion books, travel books, technical books, gorgeous children’s picture books, poetry collections and lots more in the library collection.


Some of the new books, ready to be catalogued back in the library.


The team enjoying milkshakes and coffee in Norwood Mall, after book purchasing.

Volunteers are a lifeblood to Tea Tree Gully Library. Everyday they help us to shelve thousands of books, assist children, teens, families and the elderly, teach IT skills, search family history records, deliver books to the homes of elderly customers and much more.

If you are interested in volunteering at the library (and buying new library books!) please register your interest on Council’s Volunteer website

Interested in volunteering at the Library?

There are currently a number of volunteering opportunities available at The City of Tea Tree Gully Library.


Volunteers are being sought for the following roles:

  • Library Access Service Bus Volunteer
    When: Monday and Wednesday – monthly
    Time: 9am – 12pm or 12pm – 3pm

We are seeking an enthusiastic person interested in assisting customers access the Library via our bus service. This role involves collecting patrons from their door, helping them on and off the bus and assisting them with their Library selections. Opportunities for chats and coffee in the Library before making the return trip.

  • Community History Service Volunteer
    When: Monday, Friday & Saturdays – weekly or fortnightly
    Time: 10am -12pm or 2pm – 4pm

Interested in community history and keen on sharing your knowledge and skills? This one-on-one role involves assisting patrons to research community or family history queries, using library databases and resources. The role will also involve liaising with the Community History Officer around history and community events.

  • Early Learning Program Volunteer
    When: Monday to Friday
    Time: 10am – noon

Come and join our fun Early Learning team and help deliver our programs. This role will involve reading of stories, singing songs, set up/pack up, explaining the craft activities and promoting the 0-5 program. You will engage with children and their parents/caregivers in a meaningful, professional and enthusiastic manner and supporting the group facilitator is required.

  •  Library English Literacy Tutor Volunteer

When: Weekly/ Fortnighly sessions
Time:  1 hour each

We are seeking an enthusiastic and understanding person with an interest helping people develop their English Literacy skills. This one-on-one role involves providing high quality English literacy tutoring to improve the skills of clients from diverse backgrounds. You will be required to evaluate and assess individual clients to develop a literacy program to meet their needs.

This could be a perfect opportunity for yourself or anyone you know looking for an opportunity to contribute to our community in a meaningful way.

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