Deputy Head of Libraries

Job Description

Deputy Head of Libraries

Location: RHS Garden Wisley

Salary: up to £47,000

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

Contract: Permanent


The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, proactive and experienced Deputy Head of Libraries to join our friendly and dynamic library team. This post is based at RHS Garden Wisley.

Your role will provide operational and strategic leadership support for the Head of Libraries and Exhibitions. As a key member of the senior library management team, you will be responsible for delivering service objectives, whilst contributing to the continuous enhancement of the library collections and the library offer for staff, students, RHS members, researchers and garden visitors.

The successful candidate will oversee the management of the reference and lending collections, ensuring they are visible and accessible, develop and improve services for researchers and learners, facilitate engagement and outreach activities and support the changing use of library spaces.

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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