University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Library Assistant (Evenings and Weekends) - 2 posts

Library Assistant (Evenings and Weekends) - 2 posts

Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

We are looking for two enthusiastic and reliable individuals to join our small team in this busy lending library. Your duties will include front-line reader services, working at the library desk providing circulation services, and responding to reader queries in person, by phone and online.

A strong customer service focus and a commitment to providing excellent quality service are essential. You will have a flexible and constructive approach to working in a team, as well as the ability to prioritise and work under pressure. Experience of academic libraries and automated library management systems would be an advantage, but any necessary training will be provided. You will have good general IT literacy, and a knowledge of library databases and online resources. Some subject knowledge and language skills would be advantageous. You will have awareness and experience of manual handling.

This is a variable hours (paid as claimed) position. You will be expected to work up to 5 hours per week in term, weeks 0-8, and you will normally be expected to work 1-2 hours per week, Monday-Friday evenings, plus rotating Saturday shifts (3.5 hours per shift). This position is fixed-term until July/August 2025.

You will be required to upload your CV and a /supporting evidence form/supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting evidence form/supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. We are unable to accept applications made without both a CV and a supporting evidence form/supporting statement.

Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we 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.

University employees are also eligible to join the relevant pension scheme for their role. Further information on the University's staff benefits for both work and personal life can be found here: https: // benefits

We aim to provide a supportive working environment and are happy to discuss training and professional development opportunities. The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Colin Cook, Librarian in Charge, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ([email protected]). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department ([email protected]).

Only applications received online by 12:00 midday BST/GMT on Monday 27 November 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place during the week commencing Monday 11 December 2023.

Contact Person : Recruitment team Vacancy ID : 169273 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 27-Nov-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 2 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £22,631 - £22,681 (per annum, pro rata)

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Library Assistant (Evenings and Weekends) - 2 posts


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 14, 2023

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November 27, 2023

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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