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Great people deserve great benefits.

The British Library is renowned for delivering a world-class service to a hugely diverse range of audiences. Indeed, researchers, businesses, education, the general public, the UK library network and the wider global library community all benefit from our collection and wide range of services. But, we're only as good as our people – and we aim to attract the best.

That’s why, in addition to competitive salaries, interesting work and the opportunity to learn and develop in a friendly yet highly professional environment, you’ll find an enviable array of attractive financial, well-being and lifestyle incentives, each designed to ensure that your working life at here is well-supported and thoroughly enjoyable.

Financial support


  • An employer-paid medical cash benefits scheme
  • A comprehensive well-being programme, including yoga and pilates
  • An employee assistance programme, including on-site counselling

Work/life balance

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Working flexibilities, including a flexible working hours scheme

Family-friendly benefits


  • Shared parental/maternity leave and pay
  • Paternity leave
  • Paid adoption leave
  • Leave for caring responsibilities

Other benefits

  • Free admission to national and regional museums
  • Access to collection items, Reading Rooms
  • British Library Shop discounts
  • Sports and social clubs
  • A subsidised staff restaurant
  • Free parking at our Boston Spa site
  • Shower cabins
  • Meditation/Quiet rooms
  • Staff can download Microsoft Office Suite at discount rate for private use on home PCs
  • Relocation expenses (for certain vacancies only)