Volunteering

A volunteer cataloguing sound clips

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

Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your employability skills, while supporting an organisation that’s inspired you enough to want to do something valuable with your spare time. It can also expose you to a whole new world of knowledge and experiences. With that in mind, the British Library recently decided to introduce an exciting new Volunteer Scheme. We’ll advertise opportunities here when we’re ready to recruit a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Maybe you’ll be one of them.

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

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.

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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.

Apprenticeships

Do you have what it takes to be our next apprentice?