Graduate Trainee Library Assistants

  • Job Reference: 154724
  • Date Posted: 15 December 2021
  • Recruiter: The Bodleian Libraries
  • Website:
  • Location: Various Libraries around Oxford
  • Salary: £20,047
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Graduate Trainee Opportunity, Full-time

Job Description

Graduate Trainee Library Assistants

Bodleian Libraries: Various Libraries around Oxford

VACANCY ID: 154724

Grade 2: Grade 2.5: £20,047 per annum



The Bodleian Libraries are looking for librarians of the future and this trainee scheme is 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. 8 vacancies will be available, commencing in September 2022 and based in research, faculty and departmental libraries within the Bodleian Libraries.  

You will benefit from on-the-job training, professional and social support, and a varied programme of weekly training events (talks, workshops, library visits and IT training) operated under the SCONUL Code of Practice. You will be working in frontline services helping our readers access the information and resources they require. This will involve working directly with readers and also working with materials to ensure accessibility. You will play an integral part in the smooth running of the library but individual project work is also encouraged.  

Posts are aimed at graduates (of all ages) and if you have good IT skills, a flexible and customer-orientated approach, and a desire to progress to a postgraduate qualification in librarianship then this could be the career for you. You do not need experience of library work, but must have a keen interest in information and libraries. You will have great communication skills and a willingness to work with others and in a team. Applications are welcomed from graduates in any discipline.  

Please do not apply if you already have or are currently doing 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 

These roles are being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 1 year. You will be required to upload a Supporting Evidence Form as part of your online application. Your Supporting Evidence Form should demonstrate next to each of the criteria listed in the job description, as listed in the job description, how you meet each one and include evidence. CVs will not be considered. 

Please ensure that you carefully read the ‘How to apply’ section provided in the Job Description, which you can download. The short-listing will be based on the evidence you provide in your Supporting Evidence Form. If you do not attach ALL of the required documents, your application will NOT be processed.   

For more information about the graduate library trainee scheme go to:  

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday (GMT) on Monday 24 January 2022 can be considered. We hope to notify candidates to let them know if they have been called to interview towards the end of February and interviews are anticipated to be held in week commencing 14 March 2022. If possible we will hold these interviews in person, however, depending on government advice regarding the pandemic, we may have to hold the interviews online. We will notify candidates for interview nearer the time of their interview.