Library Graduate Trainee

  • Job Reference: NCL LibGrad 2019-20
  • Date Posted: 9 January 2019
  • Recruiter: Newnham College, Cambridge
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  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: £19,202
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Graduate Trainee Opportunity
  • Duration: 1 year fixed-term

Job Description

Applications are invited from graduates (and those expecting to graduate in 2019) for the one-year full-time post of graduate trainee in Newnham College Library, starting September 2019. 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 Senior Library Assistant 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 2 September 2019 to 28 August 2020.


For further particulars and an application form, click the Apply button.  Please demonstrate in the application form how you meet the essential requirements of the role.

Applications, which should include the application form and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the post and what you will bring to it, should be emailed to The Librarian ( or sent in hard copy to reach Ms Deborah Hodder, The Librarian, Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DF  by 9am on Monday 18th February 2019. Applicants should also complete an Equal Opportunities Form and return to the HR Advisor ( separately.

It is expected that short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on Friday 15th March 2019. (If you have not heard from us by Friday 15th March, please assume that you have not been shortlisted for this post.)