University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Library Assistant

United Kingdom

Closing in 8 days

Library Assistant

KB Chen China Centre Library, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, OX2 6LY & Bodleian Japanese Library, 27 Winchester Road, Oxford, OX2 6NA

The East Asian section of the Bodleian Libraries is looking for a library assistant.

About the role

You will welcome readers and visitors, and administer the Bodleian KB Chen Library and the Bodleian Japanese Library's admissions procedure.

You will 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 We 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 https: //


    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.

    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.

    Contact Person : Recruitment Team Vacancy ID : 170627 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 01-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 3 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £22,681 - £25,138 per annum, pro rata

    Job details


    Library Assistant


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 01, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Linguistics,Literature

    About the employer

    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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