Assistant Librarian (Heythrop Library)

  • Job Reference: 00001592-1
  • Date Posted: 6 June 2022
  • Recruiter: Heythrop Library
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £28,000 to £30,000
  • Sector: Not for Profit/Charities
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

About the library 

The Heythrop Library, founded in 1614, is a major specialist academic library in philosophy, theology and allied disciplines.  It is an affiliate library of the University of London and is based at the London Jesuit Centre in Mayfair.  The reading room at the London Jesuit Centre (LJC) is open to students following courses at LJC, and to researchers, teachers and students. While the Heythrop Library is an independent institution, the Assistant Librarian works as part of the wider team at the London Jesuit Centre, to promote use of the library as part of the work of the London Jesuit Centre. The Assistant Librarian’s core activities are in cataloguing, processing, shelving and front-desk functions.

About the role

The Heythrop Assistant Librarian works on the collections and helps with the day-to-day operation of the library and reading room, and is line-managed by the Heythrop Librarian. 

The usual hours of work (some as lone working) will be:

Tue & Fri: 9:30am to 1pm (3.5h) plus 2 to 6pm (4h) = 7.5h each day = 15h

Wed & Thu: 9:30am to 1pm (3.5h) plus 2 to 6:30pm (4.5h) = 8h each day = 16h

Sat: 10:00am to 2pm (4h)

However, this may vary during holiday times or for operational reasons.

The Assistant Librarian’s responsibilities include:

  1. assisting the Heythrop Librarian with enquiries and requests regarding the Heythrop Library;
  2. receipting, processing and cataloguing new acquisitions;
  3. ordering and receiving periodicals; organization of binding and transport to storage;
  4. creating, updating and managing catalogue records for printed books and journals;
  5. dealing with library users, including management of library membership, supervision of the reading room, calling books from the depositories to LJC or Senate House Library;
  6. assisting in the care of the physical environment of library spaces at LJC in collaboration with the Heythrop Librarian, including ensuring good IT facilities;
  7. shelving of books and journals;
  8. supervising volunteers.

Depending on the candidate there might also be scope for using social media to promote new acquisitions. These responsibilities may change over time according to the needs of the library and current library practice. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Clemens Gresser <>.

About you

The successful applicant will have:

  1. experience of librarianship;
  2. good understanding of the management of a specialist collection or a research library;
  3. some knowledge of, and interest in, the subject areas covered by the Heythrop collections (i.e. philosophy, theology and allied disciplines);
  4. some knowledge and experience in cataloguing (according to AACR2 and RDA standards, within Marc21);
  5. good IT skills;
  6. good people skills for working with colleagues and with students, teachers and researchers;
  7. good organizational and communication skills;
  8. good management of time, priorities and deadlines; good record of attendance and punctuality at work;
  9. experience in working as part of a small team;
  10. flexibility when necessary in working hours.

You must have the right to work in the UK.


The deadline for applications for this post is 7 July 2022, by 2pm (BST).

Please email your application form, CV and letter of application and any necessary documentation regarding the right to work in the UK to

Dr Clemens Gresser at