Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Librarian
London Senate House

Job reference: 000176

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 15/11/2015

Salary: £41,191 per annum

Employment type: Open ended

Department: School of Advanced Study

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

Hours per week: 35

The Role

The Institute of Historical Research is seeking a Librarian to oversee the operations and development of the Wohl Library, a collection of over 180,000 volumes (the majority on open access) covering British, European and colonial history, housed in the IHR’s premises in Senate House. The Library also works closely with the IHR Digital team on the development of digital history resources. This post would suit a librarian with a strong academic record in history or an academic historian with experience of managing library operations. The Librarian will be expected to make an academic contribution to the work of the Institute, to engage in outreach and engagement activities, and to participate in fund-raising to support the maintenance and further development of collections.

This is a high-profile role that requires significant experience of working in an academic or research library and an academic background in History. The postholder would be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, experience of managing a budget, familiarity with the development of digital resources and a proactive approach to service innovation..

Informal enquiries about the role may be made to the Institute Manager, Alex Bussey, by email:


About The Department

The Institute of Historical Research is one of the member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, part of the University of London. Founded in 1921 by A. F. Pollard, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is an important resource and meeting place for researchers from all over the world.

The IHR library is a reference collection of published primary sources covering the history of Western Europe and its colonial history from the fifth century to the present.

You can find out more about the Institute and the Library here:


Further Information

In order to apply for this post, please upload and CV and covering letter using the link below. In your covering letter please clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 15 November 2015. Interviews are expected to be held in late November or early December 2015.

Please note that previous candidates need not apply.

The University offers membership to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS).

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