Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Applications for apprenticeships are now closed. Please keep an eye out for updates about future placement openings.

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.

Internships

Find out about our paid internships.

Volunteering

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

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.