Senior Assistant Librarian

  • Job Reference: 00002191-1
  • Date Posted: 7 September 2023
  • Recruiter: House of Lords
  • Location: Parliament and hybrid
  • Salary: £35,700
  • Sector: Government
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Assistant Librarian to join our Library Office at the House of Lords. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled Librarian to help ensure the information we make available to Members of the House of Lords and other customers is relevant and easy to access.

You will also have a key role in creating records for an important collection which has not been easily findable before now, helping the Library significantly to retrieve that material.

This is an opportunity to work on a hybrid basis, with a minimum of 8 days per month spent working onsite at Parliament.

You’ll be accountable for/to:
- Helping to weed out books the Library no longer requires in agreed subject areas
-Identifying information resources (printed and online) for acquisition, renewal or cancellation in agreed subject areas
-Creating and managing metadata required to improve access to a collection of parliamentary documents not currently searchable
- As part of a Library team rota, providing a service at the Information Desk to Members, their staff and staff of the House (including evening duties if required, for which an allowance is payable):

If this sounds like something you would like to hear more about, please click on the Apply button to be taken to the House of Lords recruitment website. 

What we’re looking for:
- A CILIP-accredited Library and Information Science degree or masters, or equivalent.
- Excellent attention to detail, with ability to work to a high degree of accuracy.
- Experience of Library Collection Management and familiarity with a range of library resources.
- Excellent oral and communication skills, with the ability to effectively work pressure within a busy team.

It would be even better if you had or if you’re willing to learn…
- Experience of Indexing or Cataloguing.

The job description provides full details about the role and what we are looking for, please click on the Apply button to be able find this and further information on the role.

What you’ll get in return:
- 30 days annual leave (increasing to 35 after one years’ service).
- Generous pension scheme.Discounts from well-known brands and retailers.
- Parliamentary health and wellbeing programme.
- The opportunity to witness history in the making!

The work we do is vital to House of Lords, and you will be a pivotal member in the team strengthening the work of the House. The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK parliament. It is independent from and complements the work of the House of Commons to:

  • Make laws
  • Check and challenge the actions of the government through questions and debates
  • Investigate public policy and provide a forum of independent expertise

Please complete your online application by 23:55 on Sunday 1st October 2023.

If you require any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please contact

Job offers are standardly offered at the minimum of the salary range.

The House of Lords Administration is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of their age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender/sex, gender reassignment/trans status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. The Administration will also consider flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. For this role we particularly welcome applications from groups which are currently underrepresented within the team, including applications from Black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates and candidates with disabilities.