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Library Assistant – Reader Services

RIBA 1834 Ltd
London (Central), London (Greater)
£27,750 pro rata per annum
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Part Time

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Be part of the vision; be part of the RIBA.


The RIBA is a global professional membership body, and a cultural organisation, driving excellence in architecture.


Salary: £27,750 pro rata per annum

Location: London, 66 Portland Place

Hours: 14 hours (2 days) per week - Monday & Tuesday


Why Join us?


Our Benefits:

The RIBA offers an amazing employee benefits package which includes (a) a generous pension scheme with employer contributions (up to 12%), (b) life assurance, (c) annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays and paid closure of 3 discretionary days between Christmas and New Year. For more details on our benefits click here


An opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading architectural collections

You will join a small and enthusiastic Library team dedicated to making a world-class architectural collection accessible to RIBA members, researchers, students and members of the public. You will have a crucial role in supporting the smooth running of the Library and in the provision of enquiry and information services.

Because of the public-facing nature of the role, you will be expected to work at the Library’s London base, our RIBA building at 66 Portland Place.


About the Role

You will work regularly on the Library’s Enquiry Desk helping Library visitors identify and access collection materials by making effective use of catalogues, RIBApix (the RIBA’s Digital Photograph database) and other information sources.

You will provide first-line support answering written enquiries to the Library and join a team projecting a helpful, friendly and professional image of the RIBA to all our external partners and stakeholders

You will assist in the collection and gathering of user statistics; assist with our document delivery service and invoicing.

You will help with a range of other support duties including collection management, signage, stationery orders, shelving, stock checks and debit/credit card transactions.


What are we looking for?

  • For this public-facing role you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to understand and respond to enquiries quickly, accurately and sensitively.
  • You will be computer and IT literate with a sound knowledge of the Microsoft Office environment.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is an essential requirement in all aspects of this job, from data and stock management to financial transactions and invoicing.
  • You should have a demonstrable interest in library and information work and a keen interest in architecture and/or the related arts is desirable.
  • Previous experience of working with library management systems or experience of working in a library or membership body is desirable.
  • While not formally a trainee role; the position would suit someone looking to gain post-graduate experience of work within the library and information sector.


If you would like to apply for the position, please view the full job description below (found at 'supporting documents') and submit your CV and covering letter using the form below. Additionally, please ensure that you complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which will be submitted separate from your application.


Closing date: 6 May 2024
Interview date: 16 May 2024


Due to high volumes of applications we are unable to respond to everyone, however, should you be shortlisted for interview we will be in touch.  We may also close an advert earlier than the date above if we receive enough quality applications.

Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK.  We are unable to proceed with any candidates who cannot show the relevant documentation so please only apply if you meet these criteria. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship.

The RIBA aims to be an inclusive employer, committed to building an authentic and diverse environment where all are encouraged to be themselves. We champion work/life balance and welcome requests for flexible working across our organisation. We value applications from all sections of society and appreciate divergent experience, therefore if you are excited about the role and working with us, yet your experience may not align perfectly with every single skill or competency, we encourage you to apply anyway.  



Registered Charity No. 210566


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. Our purpose is to serve members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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