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The Job Role: Graduate Library Trainee

Contract: 1 year fixed-term, 35 hours per week, including working until 8.00pm one day per week and on Saturday when requested.

Reporting to: Library Services Manager

Salary: £27,430 per annum

A traineeship for those interested in gaining experience prior to studying for a library qualification. To staff the enquiry desk, carry out a range of library housekeeping tasks and generally support all aspects of the service. To provide support to the Archivist & Records Manager as required. A programme of training and visits is provided.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

1.1        Enquiries and document supply

  • To provide a research and enquiry service for barristers and students within the Library and by phone or email.
  • To fulfil document supply requests for copies of law reports, journal articles, etc.
  • To assist members with all aspects of using the Library and its resources.
  • To identify and circulate relevant press articles to staff at the Inn.

1.2        Cataloguing and serials management

  • Cataloguing and serials management using Sirsi Dynix.
  • Some cataloguing of rare books and special collections.
  • Assisting with binding orders

1.3        General

  • Looseleaf filing, shelving and other housekeeping tasks as required.
  • Assisting with projects such as stock moves and retrospective cataloguing.
  • Contributing Library content to the Inn’s social media channels.
  • Creating Library displays.
  • Keeping statistics.
  • Updating the staff procedure manual.
  • Assisting with Library tours and at student events as required.

1.4        The Archive

  • Carrying out research and project work for the Archivist & Records Manager.

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • A university degree or equivalent.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work on your own initiative within established guidelines.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Capable of work involving lifting and carrying of books and movement of book trolleys.


  • Experience of working in an office or customer-facing environment.
  • An interest in library or information work as a career.

Apply for this role

This vacancy closes on Friday 31 May. 

The Inn offers 33 days annual leave and an 8% pension contribution.  If you would like to apply, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment quoting the reference ‘Graduate Library Trainee’

Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 10 June. Anticipated start dates are 1 July and 12 August respectively.

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