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Library Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, is the historic library and record office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is an academic research library, specialising in ecclesiastical history, but with far wider-ranging archive, manuscript and printed collections.  The library is also the principal repository for archives of the Archbishop of Canterbury and associated officials or institutions.   

The Library serves a range of users, both from the UK and internationally, in its Reading Room, and remotely via email, postal and telephone enquiries. 

As Library Assistant at Lambeth Palace Library, you will assist with a wide variety of work in a unique research library.  As well as providing the opportunity to develop  professional knowledge and skills and complete postgraduate qualifications in library work, it will also be of interest to those more generally wishing to work in this environment.

Interviews will be held : Friday 8th December  2017

Post Introduction

You will assist in the administration and invigilation of the Reading Room, including the admission of readers, fetching information and cataloguing and classifying a range of printed material. You will also be involved with other aspects of the Library’s work including outreach, preservation, and reprographics.

Role Responsibility

  • Assisting in the running and invigilation of the Reading Room, by admitting readers, producing material for readers, and other related duties
  • Cataloguing and classifying a range of printed books, including rare books and more complex modern material as the postholders’ knowledge and skills increase
  • Labelling, shelving and moving printed books
  • Answering genealogical and bibliographical enquiries and advising readers on sources in the Library and elsewhere, and developing increasing knowledge of the collections to facilitate this
  • Assisting with providing copies of material for readers in various formats, but principally digitally
  • Assisting with the Library’s outreach work, particularly via social media.
  • Supervising visitors to the Library, including maintenance contractors and tour groups

The Ideal Candidate



  • IT literate, and familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Personal Attributes

  • Able to work unsupervised and as a member of a team
  • Able to organise own work and to prioritise duties
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Able to work methodically and accurately, with attention to detail and to agreed standards
  • Able to deal politely and efficiently with members of the public, and commitment to providing a good service


  • Experience of working in a public service environment


  • Good level of education including or equivalent to an honours degree, preferably in the humanities (or expect to achieve one this academic year)
  • Demonstrable commitment to a career in library work


Lambeth Palace Library occupies historic premises dating from the 15th century onwards. Candidates must be able to:

  • Work in an historic building which contains spiral staircases and no passenger lifts
  • Move heavy books, archive boxes, etc., and negotiate stairs carrying books and boxes
  • Work with items in poor condition
  • Work evening shifts on a rota basis

Desirable attributes


  • Familiarity with library management systems, preferably including Innovative Millennium


  • A working knowledge of Latin and at least one modern European language
  • An interest in history, especially ecclesiastical history, and a knowledge of British history
  • Relevant experience in a library or similar institution

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We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith.

Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible* 35-hour working week for work-life balance and a minimum 25 days holiday plus 3 defined organisational days leave and an attractive defined pension scheme.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people, regardless of their background.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.

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