Opportunity to join the Board of Trustees

We are seeking up to three enthusiastic and committed people to join The London Library Board as trustees. Trusteeship involves helping with the Library’s overall governance, monitoring our strategic goals and supporting the Executive team.

All trustees should be willing to engage in a constructive and collaborative manner with all the challenges affecting the Library and to act as its advocates in the wider world. Our trustees are volunteers but the role can be highly rewarding in terms of personal development and the enjoyment that comes with working collectively in the best interests of the Library.

The Board meets four times a year and trustees will usually also sit on two committees (each also meeting four times a year). In addition to attending meetings, trustees will need to allow time to read meeting papers circulated in advance, offer advisory support and attend occasional Library events.

Trustees must be members of the Library and, due to trustee retirements this year, we are particularly seeking candidates with substantial professional skills and experience in marketing (including an understanding of digital marketing), financial accounting (familiarity with the techniques of accountancy and the preparation of accounts), or recent publishing experience as a writer or researcher. It would also be helpful to hear from candidates with experience of managing IT projects and also those with current experience of EDI practices and strategies. However, we look forward to hearing how candidates from any background might feel they could use their own skills and experiences to benefit the Library and its governance.

We are keen to ensure a diverse and inclusive Board and so encourage applications from all backgrounds. Please also note that, while we are interested in some particular skills and experiences that are sometimes associated with professional qualifications, no specific educational or professional qualification is required in order to become a London Library trustee.

The charity ‘Getting on Board’ has produced a helpful guide for people considering joining a board and a free guide can be downloaded here.  

For further information on London Library Trusteeship and how to apply see below.

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2022.

Download Trustee Guide

Download Trusteeship Application Form

Please contact Sarah Farthing on (020) 7766 4712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any further information. 


Trustee Placements for Young Members

We are also seeking two young members to become Trustee Placements on the Board as the current post-holders will retire their positions this year. The Trustee Placement scheme is open to members aged between 18 and 30 and is designed to encourage participation by younger members at Board level. We value the insights and contributions of younger members very highly and we aim to ensure that our Trustee Placements receive a positive experience of charity governance. Please note that young members are also welcome to apply for our other trustee positions if they choose.

For further information on the scheme and how to apply see below.

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2022.

Download Trustee Placement Guide

Download Trustee Placement Application Form

Please contact Sarah Farthing on (020) 7766 4712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any further information.