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Thank you for exploring the Library’s current vacancies which are available through our British Library Recruitment system or in our accessible format via Vercida. These links will allow you to:

  • set up a personal profile to enable you to apply for jobs and manage your job applications in the future
  • create alerts so that you’re immediately updated when relevant new vacancies go live.

In order to make the most of your application we suggest that you:

  • read the job description thoroughly
  • describe the skills and experience you possess for the essential and desirable requirements of the role you’re applying for
  • make sure you understand the competencies of the role and how your experience relates to this.

Once you have submitted your application you’ll receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt. Shortlisting usually takes place within seven to ten days of the vacancy closing date, after which we’ll let you know by email whether we wish to invite you for interview. 

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone, irrespective of race, gender, gender identity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. We are committed to ensuring that there is equality of opportunity for all, giving everyone the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination within our organisation. Wherever possible, in line with business need, we are committed to supporting diverse flexible working hours and practices to ensure our employees are able to strike a good balance between their work and personal life.

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Coronavirus update

Our physical sites in London and Boston Spa are now re-opening to visitors and staff but to ensure the safety of all, this will not be to full capacity for a while.

You can continue to view and apply for vacancies and monitor what stage your application is at as normal and we will endeavour to keep you up to date at all times, if you have a specific query please email us at and one of the Team will respond to you as soon as possible.

We are continuing to manage all vacancies in a way that removes the need for unnecessary travel and face to face contact, which could include tools such as Skype or Zoom.

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