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Paid work experience at The British Library this summer

British Library training placement

Are you curious about a career in the library and creative sector? The British Library will help you start your career story with this training placement.

Where else can you find Leonardo da Vinci rubbing shoulders with family recipes? Unearth the earliest world maps and this morning’s local news? Or listen to the call of a barking treefrog alongside the rallying cry of the Suffragettes?

Every day, The British Library's staff work hard to open up this vast collection for people to explore all over the UK and around the globe. They aim to employ passionate and forward-thinking people of all ages and experiences who can bring a fresh perspective to what they do.

In recruiting for this role, Creative Access is looking for interest over experience; no related experience is required for this placement.

We are particularly keen for people to apply who would also be interested in applying for apprenticeships at the British Library, following this 5-week programme.

What you can expect from the programme

  • Learn from the experienced Library staff and gain experience during placement

  • Learn what the library and creative sector is and how The British Library fits into it through industry visits

  • Learn about roles and career pathways in the library and creative sector through tours and career talks

  • Develop skills in librarianship, hosting events, engaging with audiences, supporting projects and many more

  • Develop your problem solving and presentation skills by completing a project with your peers to bring The British Library to life

  • Develop your CV, application and interview skills through CV and interview workshops

Learning times are flexible and will take place between Monday – Friday. Group learning and support activities will take place between 10am and 4pm.


We are looking for people that are:

  • Interested in The British Library and what they do

  • Interested in working in the heritage, cultural and library sector in the future

  • Have an understanding of how the British Library engages a variety of audiences with its work

  • Are keen to learn and reflect on their experiences

  • Organised and can manage time effectively

  • Competent in using a computer and have knowledge of MS Office or are happy to spend time developing these skills at the Library

Explore this opportunity and how to apply by clicking here.

Applications close 12th June 2024 at 11.59pm. The start date is 29th July 2024.

 To find our more, join our free Learn More webinar: British Library training placement on Tuesday 4th June 2024, starting at 5 pm via Zoom.

This will provide further details about the placements, how to apply and make your application stand out! Click here to sign up.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12th June at 11.59pm

Planned start date: 29th July

Duration: 5 weeks

Number of opportunities available: 5

Bursary: £1,970

Location: The British Library, St Pancras, London

Learn More webinar: Tuesday 4th June at 5pm. Click here to sign up!

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The British Library want this opportunity to be accessible to everyone from the above groups so a bursary will be paid fortnightly to those that participate.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training.

This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.


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