Senior Library Assistant

The Bodleian Health Care Libraries is looking for a full-time library assistant with acquisitions and online reading list experience.

The post will be based at the Cairns Library at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington, with duties at other Bodleian Health Care Library sites as necessary. There will be some occasions when you will work on your own.

You will help provide library services to the staff and students in the University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Your main tasks will be ordering print and electronic materials; cataloguing and classifying print materials; assisting with the online reading lists; monitor and prepare document supply requests and supervise staff involved in document supply roles; responding to simple enquiries; reservations & membership registrations; answering IT queries & supporting the Outreach Team with literature searches for readers.

Single staffing the Cairns library between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday will be required on occasions.

This is a permanent post, working 36.5 hours per week

About you

  • You will have experience of working in a library and working with collections: ordering print and electronic materials, and troubleshooting of online access.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • You will have excellent customer service skills and front-line customer service experience, and good numeracy skills.

Experience of stock selection, cataloguing books to RDA standards and using the national Library of Medicine (NLM) or Library of Congress classification schemes is desirable.

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 parental leave, support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, and access to the same training as full time members of staff.

What They Offer
As an employer, the University of Oxford genuinely cares about employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that they offer including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme
• A comprehensive range of childcare services
• Family leave schemes
• Cycle loan scheme
• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
The University also runs an enormous amount of social groups and sports clubs for those looking for more than just a great place to work.

More information is available at

How to apply

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form attached below (or supporting statement) as part of your online application. The supporting evidence form lists each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description – please explain how you meet each one.

The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Edina Pillok, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ( General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department (

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Monday, 22nd April 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 10th May 2024.