Graduate Library Trainees

Job Description

Graduate Library Trainees - The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

VACANCY ID: 144156


Grade 2: £18,009 p.a.


For the first step in your career in Librarianship/Information Management, Oxford’s one year full-time traineeships provide an excellent launch-pad for subsequent postgraduate qualifications and a professional career. Around 12 vacancies will be available, commencing in September 2020 and based in research, faculty and departmental libraries within the Bodleian Libraries.

Trainees at Oxford benefit from on-the-job training, professional and social support, and a varied programme of weekly training events (talks, workshops, library visits, IT training) operated under the SCONUL Code of Practice. The trainees play an integral part in the smooth running of their library but individual and group project work is also encouraged.

Posts are aimed at graduates (of all ages) with good IT skills, a flexible and customer-orientated approach, and a desire to progress to a postgraduate qualification in librarianship. Applications are welcomed from graduates in any discipline. However, we are always interested in receiving applications from those with a background in science/medicine, law and Western European Languages or Eastern European languages (particularly Russian).

Please do not apply if you already have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree related to Librarianship and/or Information Management, or if you have already completed a Library Traineeship.

This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system. However, applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closures), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see

You will be required to upload a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 sides of A4 paper), your response to the graduate trainee question (no more than 100 words) and your CV as part of your online application. Your Supporting Statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. Please be aware that if you go over the limit of 2 sides of A4 on the Supporting Statement and/or the word limit on the graduate trainee question your application may not be considered. 

Please ensure that you carefully read the ‘Recruitment process and how to apply’ section provided in the Job Description, which you can download along with the required graduate trainee question template from the University of Oxford jobs and vacancies page via the Apply button.

The short-listing will be based on the evidence you provide in your Supporting Statement, your CV and the graduate trainee question. If you do not attach ALL of the required documents, your application will NOT be processed. 

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday (GMT) on Monday 27 January 2020 can be considered.

Interviews are anticipated to be held in week commencing 16 March 2020.