Library Assistant

Feb 12 2024

The Bodleian Libraries are looking for a Library Assistant to:

  • Welcome readers and visitors, and administer the Bodleian KB Chen Library and the Bodleian Japanese Library’s admissions procedure.
  • Respond to enquiries from readers, in particular in Japanese studies, and provide direction to appropriate services including front-line desk duties.

This is a permanent, part-time position, working 25 hours per week.

The post requires lone working, and some evening or weekend shifts may be required.

About You
You will have excellent customer service skills as you will work with a various range of readers and visitors.

You will be able to work under general direction as well as prioritise your own workload on a day-to-day basis.

It is ideal if you have subject knowledge in Chinese or East Asian studies including classical Chinese.

What They Offer
As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days of annual leave
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

More information is available at

The University of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example, shared parental leave.

How to apply
You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form using the attached template (or a supporting statement) as part of your online application. Your supporting evidence form should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (GMT) on Friday 1 March 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 14 March.