School work experience

Work experience

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

Each year, the British Library offers a number of short, unpaid work opportunities to school students seeking an interesting and relevant work experience placement as part of their curriculum. These placements are for one or two weeks and take place mostly in July or August. Placements may, however be possible during other months if your school’s work experience programme is scheduled for a different time of the year.

Placements are available at both our St. Pancras building in central London and our Boston Spa site near Wetherby, West Yorkshire. While they offer exposure to a number of areas of our work, applications are only accepted for the programme in general, rather than to specific Library departments. We do, however, try to place students in areas that relate to their academic studies, interests or future plans. When you apply, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us about your own specific areas of interest and ambitions for the future.

How to apply

Applications to the school work experience placements programme can only be accepted during a specific application period, which is generally early to mid-February of the same year. If you would like to find out more, please send us an email.

A full list of the Library’s current vacancies is available through our British Library Recruitment system.

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