What we do

A conservator repairing a manuscript

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

…Our team is constantly learning and developing…

We have been at the forefront of digitisation and digital preservation projects for over two decades.

…You won't find these kind of challenges in many other organisations…

Whilst we’re structured like many other IT teams, what we do day-to-day ultimately leads to the preservation of our history and collective knowledge. And, because our collection is very diverse, it could be print or sound based.

…The sheer size of the place means there are great development opportunities…

We help people find and use material held in some of the most unusual and hard to search parts of our collection – answering questions from Readers as well as those phoned in or sent to us as emails and letters, or via our QuestionPoint and Chat services.