Maybe you’re an expert in research, reference, curation or preservation. Perhaps you’re an IT professional, marketing specialist or skilled in digital/audio. Or it could just be that human resources, finance, business development, administration or estates and facilities is your thing. Whatever your background or ambition, the British Library could have more to offer you in terms of a career than you think.

Have a look around this site and you’ll be able to find out what it's like to work here from the people themselves. You’ll also be able to read about our vision and values and how six distinct purposes enable us to ensure we fulfil our mission to make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment. And, you’ll be able to see exactly what’s on offer for you, should you join us.



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From short-term work experience to longer internships, find out about the variety of opportunities to work with us.

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The British Library has two main locations: St Pancras, London and Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

Case studies from our staff

…It's a privilege to work with collections as vast and varied…

Mia's team ensures the Library is equipped for scholars’ digital needs.

…Technology here is unique. It ultimately helps preserve our history…

We’re a mixed-skill, multi-disciplinary unit that’s responsible for delivering digital services for the whole Library.

…Every day is genuinely different…

Our award-winning Customer Services team is the first point of contact for many British Library users.

…I find my role hugely fulfilling…

Seema is a Business Librarian in the Business & IP Centre providing reference and research services to readers, entrepreneurs and other external business customers.