Collections Development Librarian

Job Description

Job Title: Collections Development Librarian

Location: RHS Garden Wisley

Salary: £30,395

Hours: 37.5 per week (5 in 7 working pattern)

Contract: Permanent



The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is seeking to recruit an experienced and knowledgeable Collections Development Librarian to join our friendly and dynamic library team. This post is based at RHS Garden Wisley.

Your role will provide leadership and expertise in the management and development of the working collections across the RHS Libraries. You will responsible for deliverying collections management policies whilst contributing to the continuous enhancement of processses and practices related to the acquisition, documentation, storage, preservation and accessibility of print and electronic books and journals. 

The successful candidate will be aware of best practice in collections management and will oversee the development of the reference and lending working collections at our three libraries and within curatorial, staff and student collections at the RHS.  You will be responsible for the on-site and off-site storage of library stock and will also contribute to the delivery of customer services, including answering enquiries, participating in engagement activities and providing support for researchers.

The RHS is a charity that has encouraged excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture for more than 200 years. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. The RHS has beautiful libraries in London and at our gardens at Wisley and Harlow Carr. Together they form the world’s leading horticultural library with over 100,000 books together with archives, photographs and art collections. RHS Libraries provide services to researchers and academics, general and professional gardeners, horticultural students, families and children, all needing information adapted to their level.  We are digitising selected resources and increasing electronic access to information. Over 80,000 visits are made to the libraries each year and staff respond to some 18,000 enquiries from all over the world on a wide variety of subjects connected to horticulture.

Details of our great benefits can be found here.

Safeguarding and Inclusion

The RHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all personnel to share in this commitment. We are an inclusive employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.


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Application closing date:  20/02/2023