Library Assistant

Various Libraries
£18,562 - £20,493 (pro rata)
28 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
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Part time  - Various Hours

Fixed Term Contract  - 6 Months

The Birmingham Community Library Service is being transformed with a focus on customer needs, new services are being developed alongside reading support, book lending, information services, access to IT and community activities. Vacancies exist for people who can work flexibly and who want to make a positive contribution to this exciting period of change. In particular, as government restrictions ease we need staff who are enthusiastic about moving the service forward but who also committed to keeping themselves, colleagues and customers as safe as possible by adhering to health and safety requirements.

Community Libraries are a great place to work, full of variety and an important place in a locality that puts people first. Join our committed staff delivering high quality services.

You will gain access to many benefits of working for Birmingham City Council including automatic enrolment on the local government pension scheme. Other benefits include membership to the employee reward scheme “My Birmingham Rewards” which offers discounts at over 1,000 retailers.


The hours will need to be worked on a rota basis and Saturday working is required. You will assist the Library Manager and other senior staff in the provision of an effective modern library service, including book lending, IT services and a range of other community services.

Key duties of the advertised posts include assisting customers and dealing with routine enquiries face to-face and on the telephone, enrolling new borrowers, helping customers access IT services, dealing with partner organisations, issuing and discharging books on a computerised system, supporting and delivering activities for children and adults. Other duties may include undertaking general clerical duties, minor book repairs, dealing with monies, taking fines, verifying documents for benefits claimants.

Previous experience of a customer facing role, using IT in a work environment, and an ability to categorise and sort information are key to the position.

Contracted employees also have full access to all training modules on People Solutions and other training provided by the library service. Further job and career development opportunities available.

For informal enquiries please contact

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.”

All posts are 6 month fixed term contracts and are available to BCC employees as secondments. 

These contracts may be extended subject to Workforce Review Board approval. All staff can apply for positions of any grade for which they believe they meet the essential criteria as defined on the Person Specification for the role.

The offer of a post is subject to management approval and business need. Please note that successful candidates in some instances will also be required to work at neighbouring libraries.

All interviewed candidates will be invited to nominate their preferred work locations.

Potential vacancies

Other vacancies may also arise in other libraries in the future.  Existing BCC staff are encouraged to submit an application as all candidates who demonstrate their suitability, may be offered another post at another library up to 6 months after the date of the advert for this post. 


Supporting documents
Vacancies List- May 2021
Job Description & Person Specification

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