University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Special Collections and User Services Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Special Collections and User Services Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Special Collections Division of the main University Library is looking for an enthusiastic, responsible and user-focused person to join its dedicated and friendly reading room teams, working on Mondays, and Wednesday to Friday (29.2 hours).

As a Special Collections User Services Assistant, you will play a key role in the smooth running of our services to users, particularly our reading rooms. You will be mainly responsible for fetching and reshelving highly valuable and fragile physical items, handling everything with great care. You will ensure that security procedures are followed at all times in the secure storage areas and the reading rooms. You will provide a friendly and welcoming service for our researchers who come from all over the world to consult our collections, ensuring that they are made aware of and follow procedures and answering basic queries.

You should have good communication and customer service skills and be able to work co-operatively as part of a team. You should be flexible and motivated and keen to learn new skills. Given the nature of the job, it's important that you are able to carry out repetitive tasks accurately, such as recording and organising data, and be able to demonstrate attention to detail.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2025 in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University for which permission must be sought from their line manager.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part- time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Emily Dourish, Deputy Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts on tel: 01223 747434 or email: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Monday 27 May 2024 with interviews expected to be held w/c 3 June 2024.

Please quote reference VE41543 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    University Library


    £22,681-£23,144 pro rata




    Assistant staff


    13 May 2024

    Closing date

    27 May 2024

    Job details


    Special Collections and User Services Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 27, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Education

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