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Doorstep Library Reading Volunteers visit the same families at home, online, or on their doorstep, every week with backpacks full of books to share their love of reading with the children they visit. Our volunteers don’t just read stories though; they do silly voices, handpick the books, and give special recommendations for each child. And, at the end of the session, they leave behind a selection of books for the children to borrow for the week.

Our current projects are running in Pimlico, Marylebone, Edgware Road, Euston and Queens Park. Please see the Home Reading Projects document for further details of timings.   

Through our long-term approach, our volunteers build trusting relationships with families, helping to connect them with the community and signposting to additional sources of local support. Whether in person, or online, we are there to support children and families who need us most.

You can find further details on the role of a Doorstep Library volunteer and the skills you can gain from volunteering with us in our volunteer booklet.

Book into one of our virtual Information Sessions to find out more about what we do, and about all of our volunteer roles. Email Adela at for more details or visit

About the Doorstep Library

Doorstep Library is a community-focused charity dedicated to bringing the magic of books and the joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London who need our support.

We use books to fuel children’s natural love of stories, fire their imaginations, and encourage their appreciation of reading.

Our unique home-based service means we are there in person or online, finding the most appropriate books for every child we visit and building a relationship with the whole family.

Our projects not only improve literacy and confidence in children, but also increase family wellbeing and bonding through the joy of sharing stories.

Our volunteers encourage both parents and children to read for pleasure together from a young age. This kind of tailored support enables us to help prepare children for school and broaden their opportunities in life.

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