Library Roles

Library Roles

Find out about the different types of roles available in libraries, and what qualifications and experience are required.

We employ staff in a range of roles across our 36 public libraries, as well as the library located in Ford Prison, our Schools Library Service, offering support to primary schools across the county and at our Library Headquarters in Chichester, supporting the delivery of our service across all our libraries.

Here are some of the roles available in libraries:

Library Assistant

Our key library staff, who run our libraries day-to-day. This role requires excellent customer service skills, a readiness to work with customers of all ages, including delivering Baby Rhymetime sessions, good team working, proficient digital skills and basic numeracy and literacy skills. We ask for 5 GCSEs grades A-C (7-4) or equivalent.

Saturday Assistant

Working in many of our libraries, these staff offer additional support to our regular staff on our busy Saturdays, completing tasks like shelving stock as well as serving customers, and offer a good initial introduction to library work.

Casual Library Assistant

With no fixed hours these roles provide flexible work opportunities, and support libraries when needed to cover annual leave or absence. There is additional variety as many casual staff work across several different libraries.

Senior Library Assistant

These operational experts provide day to day supervision of library assistants, scheduling work rotas and acting as a point of referral for both customer and staff enquiries.

Library Officer

Acting as Deputy to the Library Manager, they support them to ensure the smooth running of the service, liaising with partners and dealing with building and maintenance issues, as well as staff supervision and training.

Library Manager

Many of our managers are responsible for a group of libraries in a geographical area of the county. In addition to day-to-day management of the library teams and buildings, they have strategic oversight of the development of the service in their libraries.

Team Librarian

Working alongside our library teams, librarians are involved with outreach work in the community, working with children, families and all ages, organising author events and developing services for business, as well as offering digital support. They are also responsible for purchasing and maintaining the stock held in libraries.

What Qualifications, Skills and Experience do I need?

All our roles require a minimum 5 GCSES A-C (4-7), including Maths and English, or equivalent qualification or demonstrable experience, with more senior roles additionally requiring Degree Level or equivalent qualification.

Each role has a job description detailing the key skills and experience required. Customer Service, Teamwork, Digital Skills and working with children are key for all roles, with an additional requirement for supervisory experience for more senior positions.

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