Graduate Trainee Librarian

  • Job Reference: 00001956-1
  • Date Posted: 17 March 2023
  • Recruiter: Christ's College Cambridge
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  • Location: St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BU
  • Salary: £21,630
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Graduate Trainee Opportunity, Full-time
  • Duration: Fixed Term Contract from 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2024

Job Description

Graduate Trainee Librarian
St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BU
Vacancy type:
Fixed Term Contract from 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2024.
Full Time, 36.25 hours per week
£21,630 per annum


Christ’s College is seeking to recruit a graduate trainee in the College Library to start in August 2023.

Joining a friendly library team, this represents an excellent opportunity for a graduate who has decided on a career in Library and Information Services to acquire a basic grounding in library work in prestigious College surroundings. 

The post holder will assist with a range of day-to-day operational tasks and undertake specific projects. Project work may be tailored to suit individual interests within the scope of the library’s needs. They will play a full part in the library team, including contributing to improvements in services and promoting the library to users.

Key responsibilities

  • Regular shifts at the library issue/enquiry desk, including issuing, returning and renewing stock and registering users on the library management system, answering queries from staff, students and visiting researchers.
  • Shelving, tidying and weeding stock; book moving.
  • Creating a monthly display of new books.
  • Assisting with routine stationery and equipment orders.
  • Checking reading lists, liaising with other staff as required in order to update stock
  • Cataloguing and classifying modern printed books using MARC21, AACR2/RDA, LCSH and the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. (Full training will be provided)
  • Processing stock and carrying out basic repairs.
  • Carrying out library tours.
  • Contributing to the library’s blog and Facebook page as well as the Cambridge Graduate Trainee website CaTaLOG and Twitter/Instagram accounts.
  • Assisting the Archivist from time to time and with specific projects where necessary.
  • Invigilation of researchers consulting materials from the library’s special collections.

There will be opportunities to visit other libraries in Cambridge and further afield and to participate in training events.

The benefits on offer are many and include 36 days’ annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays) pro rata, pension scheme with 6% (minimum) employer contribution, a free meal when on duty, and the opportunity to work in a beautiful environment. Facilities on-site include a College gym, multi-faith prayer room, outdoor swimming pool and limited parking.

Closing date: Monday 3 April, 12 noon

Interviews expected to be held w/c 17 April