Library Supervisor

  • Job Reference: 00001554-1
  • Date Posted: 10 May 2022
  • Recruiter: The London Library
  • Location: St James's Square, London SW1
  • Salary: £13,759 to £16,052
  • Sector: Higher Education, Not for Profit/Charities
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary, Part-time

Job Description

Library Supervisor

Part Time

£13,759 - £16,052 for a 15 hour week

18 month fixed term contract

St James’s Square, London SW1


9.30am to 5.30pm every Friday and 9am to 5.45pm every Saturday


The London Library is an internationally important centre of creativity with an outstanding collection of books and resources. We are a registered charity dedicated to the advancement of education, learning and knowledge and are looking to recruit a professional with experience in library management to provide additional support during Friday and Saturday opening hours and take charge of the Library on occasion.

As Library Supervisor you will join a committed Members Services team and help supervise and deliver an effective reception as well as oversee lending and enquiry services for members and prospective members. This will involve ensuring we are prepared for business at the start of the day as well as helping shut the Library at closing time. You will make certain all loans are recorded and processed accurately, fetch and return books from locked stores, and conduct inductions and tours of our facilities. You will also work with the Member Services Librarian to improve procedures and develop staff. The ability to encourage colleagues to contribute effectively to the delivery and development of high-quality services to members will be critical.

To succeed, you must possess a librarianship qualification or have extensive experience in library management. You will be used to supervising staff providing circulation and enquiry services in an academic or large public library. You will also have sound knowledge of reference sources (print and electronic) in the Arts and Humanities.

In addition to your technical expertise, you will be highly organised with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The Member Services department has a particularly high profile among the Library’s members and makes a vital contribution to the institution’s good relations with its members. Diplomacy, confidentiality as well as professionalism, are key features of this role.

If you have the skills we are looking for, we would be delighted to hear from you. To apply please visit our website via the link and complete the online application form.

The Library welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All applicants will be considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the post. Please note we are unable to consider candidates without a current right to work in the UK.


Closing Date: Sunday 22 May 2022 at 5pm