Assistant Librarian

  • Job Reference: 00001721-1
  • Date Posted: 15 September 2022
  • Recruiter: The Paul Mellon Centre
  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £35,000 to £40,000
  • Sector: Not for Profit/Charities
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Are you interested in working in a small specialist library? Are you inspired by the idea of helping to build and catalogue an outstanding collection of published material on British art and architecture? Do you feel passionate about connecting researchers with the resources they need? Do you care about ensuring collections are preserved for the long term? Do you enjoy networking, developing collaborations, working with people, and promoting the collections in your care? Are you interested in British art history and culture?

 The successful applicant will take on this established role at the Paul Mellon Centre at an exciting time of growth and transformation. This position sits within a small team of five information professionals who work closely together to embed professional best practice and deliver a high standard of service to internal and external audiences.

Who are we looking for

 We are looking for someone who will support and assist the Librarian with all aspects of the management, development, and promotion of the Centre’s Library with the aim of ensuring that it fulfils its remit as an outstanding library for the study of British art and architecture.  You will acquire, catalogue and classify library stock; supervise the processing and circulation of books and journals; and promote and provide access to the Library collection. You will have specific responsibility for ensuring the long term preservation and security of all the Archives & Library (A&L) collection materials in consultation with other staff. You will also work on the public service as part of a rota of all A&L staff. You will work closely with the Archives & Library Assistant (Graduate Trainee) and Archives Staff within a small A&L team.

 This role would suit an experienced professional who embraces core library work, thrives on seeing projects through to completion and is meticulous in their approach. It requires someone with attention to detail, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills.

Who we are

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. We publish, teach, and carry out research, both in London at the Centre and through our online platforms. Our archives, library, and lively events programme are open to researchers, students, and the public. The Centre’s grants and fellowships enable institutions and individuals to pursue exhibitions, publications, events, and scholarly projects. Through all areas of our work, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge about British art. The Centre was founded in 1970 by art collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon, and is part of Yale University and partner to the Yale Center for British Art.

The Paul Mellon Centre’s library is open to all and provides specialist research into the study of British art and architecture. Its collections comprise almost 30,000 books and exhibition catalogues as well as 15,000 auction catalogues covering British painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, decorative arts, architecture and garden history from the medieval period to the present day. It also holds Special Collections including the libraries of scholars of British art such as Paul Oppé and Sir Brinsley Ford. 

Further information about the library is available on our website: