Library Graduate Trainee

Job Description

Applications are invited from graduates (and those expecting to graduate in 2022) for the one-year full-time post of graduate trainee in Newnham College Library, starting September 2022. The aim of the trainee post is to provide systematically planned and supervised experience of work in an academic library to a graduate intending to go on to take a postgraduate qualification in library and information studies. The trainee will assist the Librarian and Assistant Librarian in the day-to-day running of the library, and will be given training and experience in issue desk and enquiry work, handling book loans and returns, online cataloguing of books, classification and using the library management system for a variety of tasks. In addition to regular duties, specific project work will be assigned by the Librarian, and opportunities will be given to meet other Cambridge library trainees, visit libraries and attend relevant professional meetings.

The successful candidate will be a graduate with excellent communication skills, who is able to demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing a career in Librarianship, and who has the ability to work effectively as part of a small staff team. The appointment will be for one year (fixed term contract), from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.


For the job desription/person specification, equal opportunities form and an application form, please click the Apply button or download the documents from the College website at   In order to apply, please submit a completed equal opportunities form, following the instructions on the form about where to send it, and a completed application form outlining how your experience matches the criteria for the post, by e-mail to by the closing date of noon on Monday 31 January 2022. Interviews will take place on Friday 25th February 2022.

For informal enquiries about this role, please contact the College Librarian, Deborah Hodder, tel. 01223 335739, email: