Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Institute of Historical Research
London Senate House

Job reference: 001252

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 01/02/2019

Salary: starting at £20,668 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: Institute of Historical Research (IHR) - non academic

Hours per week: Not Specified

The Graduate Trainee Library Assistant post is a one-year fixed term training post designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training prior to attending library school. An opportunity to work in one of Europe's great historical research libraries, part of the University of London. 

Institute of Historical Research
Since its foundation in 1921, The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) has been an important resource and meeting place for researchers from all over the world. Full details of its extensive range of activities and services can be found at

The IHR Library forms part of the University of London central libraries while remaining an integrated part of the Institute.

The Library is one of the most wide ranging and comprehensive collections of printed historical sources in the UK, and is designed for use by researchers at postgraduate level and above.  Divided into national and topical collections, books are held in open and closed access locations, with a request service operated by library staff.  All material is reference only.

The Role
The post is a one-year fixed term training post designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training prior to attending library school.

The postholder will assist the IHR library staff in the selection, acquisition and cataloguing of new material, in the provision of services to users, and in any other activities required to support the work of the library. The trainee will become familiar with the library management system (currently Sierra), and will also have some opportunity to work on the maintenance of the Library pages of the IHR website. The trainee will be encouraged to take full advantage of the programme of visits and other training which is available to all trainees across the central university.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree or an equivalent in history or an equivalent in history or with significant historical content relating to the collections of the IHR library, a competent level of IT skills, and knowledge of a major western European language to at least A-Level standard or equivalent other than English (French, German, Spanish or Italian preferred). Applicants should have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently and as part of a small team. They need to be prepared to work in what may well be a rapidly changing environment. They should be committed to a career in librarianship.

Further Information
Please download the information pack for further details. Please apply using the link below before the deadline at midnight on Friday 1 February 2019. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place in February 2019 and applicants are recommended to ensure their availability. 

Important information:

When applying, please amalgamate your covering letter and CV into one document (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx) and upload it using the ‘Covering Letter and CV’ tab.

Please note that the University of London will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Therefore, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.


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