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Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre, London
Fixed Term Full Time
£26,681p.a. rising to £28,304p.a. after probation

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. It is the principal repository for archives of the Archbishop of Canterbury and associated officials or institutions. It is maintained by the Church Commissioners.

The collections range in date from the 9th century to the present day. There are some 200,000 printed books (30,000 earlier than 1700), 4,600 manuscripts (600 of which are medieval), and large quantities of archives. The Library continues to receive the modern papers of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Further details may be found on the Library’s website: In 2005 the entire collections were awarded MLA Designated status.

In 2020, Lambeth Palace Library will combine with the Church of England Record Centre’s archive service in a new, purpose-built Library on the Lambeth Palace site.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain unique experience with our team at Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre.

These are exciting times for us, as we prepare to move into a new library building, and as a cataloguer (Modern Collections), you will be assisting with cataloguing and classifying a range of modern printed material from the Library’s collections and assisting with making them accessible to the public.

To be successful, you will need great communication skills and the ability to work positively as part of our team and build excellent relationships with colleagues and customers. You will also need proven IT and organisational skills, experience of working in a library or similar environment and a qualification in library and information studies or equivalent experience.

This post is offered on a 12 month fixed term contract.

Interviews will be held on the 25th/26th July 2019

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role :

  • Cataloguing and classifying a range of printed books, periodicals and pamphlets to international standards using the Millennium library management system, MARC21 and AACR2.
  • Shelving, labelling and moving printed books in preparation for moving to new Library building.
  • Assisting in identifying items in need of conservation and liaising with the Conservation team regarding this work.
  • Developing a working knowledge of the Library’s collections.
  • Carrying out any other Library duties as required.

The Requirements :



  • Experience of cataloguing with MARC21 and AACR2.
  • Experience of working in a library or similar environment.
  • Experience of working with library management systems, such as Millennium or Koha.


  • Good general IT skills, including accurate keyboarding and familiarity with databases.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.


  • An honours degree or equivalent, preferably in the humanities, and a professional qualification in library and information studies or equivalent experience.

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to prioritise duties and work under pressure.
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately, with attention to detail and to agreed standards.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to deal politely and efficiently with all levels of staff and users.
  • Ability to organise own work and prioritise duties.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and cooperatively as a member of a team.


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

  • To work within the confines of an historic building including spiral staircases and no lift
  • To move books, archive boxes etc and negotiate stairs carrying boxes
  • To cope with dirty and dusty objects.

Desirable attributes


  • Knowledge of British history, especially ecclesiastical history.
  • Experience of Library of Congress classification and subject headings.

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.