Diversity

Diversity

Diversity is at the heart of our business aims.

The vast collection at the British Library represents the diversity of the world's cultures, and we aim to provide access to it by putting our users at the heart of everything we do. After all, the knowledge we preserve belongs to everyone. 

That’s why we’re committed to providing that access by working collaboratively and anticipating the needs of those users. Creating an inclusive workplace is the core of our business and a way to engage the diversity of thought that is essential to achieve our aims.

The British Library aims to be an inclusive organisation that values difference and the benefits it brings. In practice, this means treating people as individuals by regularly asking questions and listening, as well as supporting them when their circumstances change. Find out more about how we do this.

We’re committed to developing and harnessing the range of talents of our people, and are delighted to have a staff base that shares their expertise with us. We understand that differences exist, not only in race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion/belief, but also in social and educational background, nationality, marital status and family or care responsibilities – and that that list is not exhaustive. We also recognise that each of these individual factors bring invaluable different perspectives that together can only help improve the services we offer.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview for people with a disability who meet our minimum essential criteria. We also view workplace adjustments as an essential consideration that can make a real difference and enable us to have lasting relationships with as broad a talent pool as possible.

Most importantly, diversity and inclusion underpin all of our values – enabling us to make better informed decisions, both for our staff and for our users.

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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?

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.