What we do

What we do

Find out what it’s really like to work here.

When you’re thinking about applying for a job somewhere, it’s extremely helpful to be able to get an honest picture of the organisation you’re considering joining from the employees themselves. After all, you want to feel comfortable, not just about the job you’re taking on and the benefits on offer, but the sort of environment you’ll be working in too.

With that in mind, we’ve provided details about our departments and the work they do and the kind of opportunities we offer. We’ve also asked a variety of individuals and teams in a number of areas of the Library to tell us what they do day-to-day and what working life at the Library is really like. Please feel free to explore some of their responses.

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Our departments and functions

Learn about the diverse range of teams and people who work here.


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

Vision and values

1,600 people. Six values. One vision.

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.