Weekend Library Assistant

London (Greater)
£20,180 - £24,567 depending on knowledge, skills and experience
17 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

The Role

  • Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance?
  • Do you enjoy participating in rich cultural and community life?
  • Do you thrive on multi-tasking in a busy environment?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

We have exciting opportunities for Weekend Library Assistants working in Richmond upon Thames, where you will be involved in front-line customer service, receiving and issuing resources, searching for information, helping visitors use the public-access computers, e-resources, and self-service kiosks.

As a Weekend Library Assistant, you will need to:

  • multi-task in a busy environment,
  • interact confidently with the public,
  • demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills,
  • have practical knowledge of a range of IT software and programmes,
  • be familiar with eResources, social media, and web applications.

Our Weekend Library Assistants play a vital role in promoting reading, supporting learning, and encouraging our many varied library visitors to participate in the rich cultural and community life of Richmond upon Thames.

There are 12 public libraries in the borough, all of them providing a range of services that meet the needs of their local communities. Library staff pride themselves on the high quality and welcoming service they are able to offer local people. 

These posts are on a 12-month contract.

Working Hours:

Saturday  9.30am – 4.00pm  [5.5 hours] or

Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm  [4 hours]

You may be required to work in any of the 12 libraries across the borough, so you will need to be flexible in your attitude to work. Have a look at the Job Profile at the end of this advert for full details on this exciting and varied role.

How to apply:

Please register, submit your CV, and complete our short questionnaire. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team at recruitment@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.

The shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate how they meet the skills, knowledge, and experience requirements of this role at the interview.

Why choose us:

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance, including a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date:  Monday 30 November 2020
Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 30 November 2020
Interview Date: Week commencing 14 December 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).