St Paul's Cathedral - Cathedral Librarian

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£21,600 per annum (£36,000 FTE)

We are currently seeking a Cathedral Librarian to join our Visitor Engagement team in one of the most iconic buildings in the world, St Paul’s Cathedral.

This exciting role will consist of day to day management of the library collection: access control, acquisition and disposal, cataloguing, overseeing remedial and environmental conservation, providing a reader and enquiry service, researching bibliographic displays and contributing to workshops, study days and other engagement programming.

The role is embedded within the Collections Department, led by the Head of Collections and composed of an Archivist, Collections Community Engagement Manager and Volunteers.

  • Management of the Library, collaborating with, and working to, the Head of Collections on priorities and work load.
  • Responsibility for the security of the Library while on duty, in collaboration with the Head of Security and wider St Paul’s staff team, including out-of-hours contact responsibilities.
  • Maintenance of Library collections management policies and procedures to recognised standards.
  • Managing acquisition and disposal and the maintenance of the Library’s digital catalogue.
  • Managing programmes of remedial conservation of books and manuscripts and the implementation of environmental measures.
  • Managing internal and external enquiries.
  • Management of volunteers working on library projects.
  • With the Head of Collections, set, agree, implement and monitor operational budgets.
  • Work with the Development department on grant funding, and developing donation and gift policies, particularly as they relate to collections management, conservation and digitisation.
  • Manage the ‘Adopt a Book’, ‘Rescue a Book’ and other collections-based donation and gifting initiatives.
  • Contribute to the fire safety, health and safety, requirements in the Library.
  • Work with the Head of Collections on the promotion of the collections via events, displays, exhibitions and educational programmes.
  • Represent the Cathedral at the Independent Libraries’ Association and other relevant bodies.
  • Deputise for the Head of Collections as required.


  • A good postgraduate degree or equivalent qualification in Librarianship or Information Management.
  • Knowledge of theology/ecclesiastical history.
  • Experience of working with/handling historic collections.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to build strong and effective working relationships internally and externally at all levels.
  • Proven organisation, prioritisation and time management skills / ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.


  • Research interests relevant to the cathedral’s heritage collections.
  • Latin and / or Greek.
  • Ability to identify and implement system and / or procedure improvements.
  • Experience of project planning, budget setting and monitoring.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Ability to work in a very busy environment and remain calm under pressure.

St Paul’s is an equal opportunities employer and holds together a very diverse set of activities and aspirations.

It is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a vibrant church and an international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of learning, debate and challenge, a national treasure, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, and a commercial enterprise.

In addition to offering acts of worship throughout the day, St Paul’s is open for prayer seven days a week and for sight-seeing six days a week.