We offer you a great start if you're leaving school or changing career

Why do an Apprenticeship at the British Library?

We work hard to share our vast collection of books, newspapers, music, sound recordings, web pages and digital content with everyone, both in the UK and around the globe. We also strive to employ passionate, diverse and forward-thinking people who we can offer a challenging and stimulating work environment, a competitive salary and benefits and a huge and varied range of jobs to choose from. 

As an apprentice, you’ll get the chance to help us grow our business processes and shape how we interact with our users in the future.

You’ll also help make our workforce more diverse and be encouraged to breathe new life and ideas into our work and engage with new audiences.

What’s in it for you?

Put simply, a great start, whether you’re just leaving school or changing career. As well as the activities outlined above, you’ll be paid for doing a job for at least 30 hours per week and get plenty of training and study opportunities along the way. You’ll also have the chance to learn from our experienced staff. 

Our apprenticeships last between 12–24 months and are accredited against an approved apprenticeship standard. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, your next step could be to apply for a higher-level apprenticeship, a college or university course or entry to the job market – the choice is yours, and we'll do everything we can to help you achieve your goals.

Learn more

Our departments and functions

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

School work experience

Our invaluable work experience will set you up for the future.


Find out about our paid internships.


Got a few hours to spare? Then come and volunteer at the British Library.

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.

…I get to collaborate with some incredible people…

Our programme of workshops, led by specialist educators, encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration. Sessions develop critical thinking, research skills and visual, verbal and information literacy.

…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.