Library Assistant

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary See description

Updated 4 days ago

Reference 1439562

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for Library Assistant based in Belfast.

Information Services

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m.  We offer generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits including attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

The Library Assistant will be responsible for the performance of a range of duties within the University library system.  Posts may be full-time or part-time (term time/year round) and will include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend work.

Main duties to include:

  1. Issue and discharge library materials and undertake associated clerical tasks to maximize access to library materials and ensure accurate record keeping.
  2. Assist library users by the provision of advice and guidance to help them find the information and resources they need in both printed and electronic formats.
  3. Obtain material on request which is not available in the library through the reservation system and inter-library loan to provide QUB and external users with access to the widest possible range of resources.
  4. Carry out administrative tasks associated with the service to users, e.g. mailing, faxing, e-mailing overdue notices, articles/reports to staff, students, other libraries and professional bodies, maintaining user records.
  5. Carry out administrative tasks associated with the acquisition of library materials and its subsequent processing. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Five GCSEs (Grade C or above) or equivalent to include English Language and Mathematics


  • NVQ Level 2 Administration or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • A minimum of one years’ experience in a working environment within either a public, a school or, an academic library.

This must include at least 6 months’ experience of: –

  • Circulation transaction work
  • Working at a front-of-house service point
  • Operating a named computerised Library Management System.
  • Excellent customer service skills and a pleasant, confident and friendly manner.
  • Candidates must be prepared to undertake evening and weekend duty.

The Library consists of a number of different branches across various sites and candidates must be willing to work in any part of the Library system.

All Library Assistant posts require some element of manual work – e.g. shelving, shelf tidying.

Further information about the Directorate can be found online.

Anticipated interview date: Monday 14 October and Tuesday 15 October 2019

Salary scale: £18,342 – £21,236 per annum

To Apply please click the APPLY NOW button below to be directed to our website.

Closing date: Friday 27 September 2019

Queen’s University Belfast is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as protestant men are currently under-represented in this particular category of work, we would particularly welcome applications from this group.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.