Staff vacancies

(Please see also our Volunteering and Graduate Trainees pages.)

Library Assistants x 2

1 x Full-time (permanent)

1 x Full-time (fixed-term contract to 31 August 2015)

Salary: from £20,165-£23,526 (incl LW + benefits)

Job reference: LL/14/07 (permanent) and LL/14/08 (fixed-term-contract)

Deadline for applications: Sunday 21 September (by midnight)


We are looking for two Library Assistants to join our busy Member Services department, who provide lending, enquiry and reference services to members using a range of hard copy and online resources.  The postholders assist in the day-to-day provision of effective book issue, renewal, reservation, returns and enquiry services.

Familiarity with library systems in an academic-related or large public library is essential, but full training will be given on the Library’s system (Aleph).  Experience in a customer-facing role is essential, as is a demonstrable interest in the Arts and Humanities.  The posts should appeal to those confident in working in a public-facing environment and who have experience of working as part of a team.  A real commitment to providing a consistently excellent standard of service to members, even under pressure, is essential.  Ideal candidates will have strong inter-personal, communication and IT skills (MS Office, email, internet).

Founded in 1841, the London Library has become one of the most important literary organisations in the country, seeking to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the nation by providing direct and liberal access to its traditional book-based collections (around one million printed volumes, most on open shelves and borrowable) and now also providing a growing collection of electronic resources.  Past members have ranged from Charles Darwin to Virginia Woolf and amongst its 7,000 members today are leading writers, scholars and researchers.  


How to apply (*No agencies please*)

Please download the Candidate Information Pack from the links below


Candidate Information pack

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use the reference for the post you are interested in. If you would like to apply for both you may submit one application but should clearly indicate your interest in both positions.

1)  Library Assistant - permanent LL/14/07 [PDF Format]
2)  Library Assistant - fixed-term contract LL/14/08 [PDF Format]


Closing date for applications: Sunday 21 September (by midnight)
Interviews: Tuesday 30 September or Wednesday 1 October


Employment notes:
The Library welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All applicants will be considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the post.

Please note we are unable to consider candidates without a current right to work in the UK.




All correspondence should be addressed to:

The London Library
14 St James's Square