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Prison Library Manager
  • Employer: Rutland County Council
  • Reference: PLA/0522/PLM
  • Published: Mon 23/05/2022, 15:01 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/06/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,226 - £30,095
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Rutland - HMP Stocken, Rutland

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Prison Library Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Library Manager at HMP Stocken in Rutland, in the heart of rural England. 

HMP Stocken is a Category C Men’s Prison, with an operating capacity of 1,056 prisoners.

About the role…
As the Prison Library Manager, you will support the educational aspects of prison life and with the support of Rutland’s public library, promote literacy, reading and learning within the prison community. Other duties include:

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day running of the services in accordance with the national specification to a professional standard.
  • Manage staff and orderlies ensuring their awareness and engagement with the service’s aims and objectives.
  • Provide an effective enquiry, advisory and information service to prisoners and prison staff
  • Participate in the development of education programmes; by providing library facilities and liaising with education staff in the planning of the service
  • Be responsible for the management and monitoring of expenditure within the prison library budget including the acquisition, collection and organisation of books, information and materials in accordance with the needs of the prison community.
  • Ensure compliance with the Library Contract and Service Level Agreement, and produce regular reports and statistics on library use

About you…

To be successful as the Prison Library Manager, you will be an experienced and knowledgeable library professional who can deliver a first class library service. An inspirational and motivated individual with the ability to work closely with the Prison’s Head of Learning & Skills and other partners.

Other skills include:

  • Library and Information qualification equivalent to BA degree of higher
  • Minimum grade 4 English and Maths or Level 2 literacy and numeracy or relevant experience that demonstrates proficiency
  • The ability to lead, manage and motivate a team of staff and orderlies to provide a customer focused and responsive service
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, friendly and approachable with a confident manner and the ability to remain vigilant and security conscious
  • The ability to promote innovative ideas that will make the library relevant, well used, and will enable prisoners to learn and develop their literacy
  • Strong IT literacy and competence in the use of computer packages, including the library management system and prison IT systems
  • Emotional resilience to work in what can be a challenging but highly rewarding environment.

The successful applicant for this post will be subject to an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The costs for the DBS are paid by us.

They will also be subject to Prison clearances and prison staff vetting procedures.

The Prison Library Manager interviews will be held on 23rd and/or 24th June 2022.

Please be advised this could be subject to change, in which case we will give appropriate notice.

We will be reviewing applications on a regular basis and inviting those who meet our essential person specification criteria to interview. If you’re interested in this role, we strongly encourage you to apply without delay.

Our offer to you:

We offer work that makes a difference to people’s lives, a safe working environment; structured salary reviews; generous annual leave entitlement plus 8 days paid bank holidays; local government pension scheme; occupational health service and flexible working policies to enable you to balance work and home commitments.

Rutland County Council encourages a healthy work life balance, and we welcome discussions regarding flexible working.

Find out more:

To learn more about working with us visit or if you have any queries about this role please contact Robert Clayton at

If you are experiencing problems or have any queries about the application process please call us on 01572 758428 or email us at

Rutland County Council is committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Everyone at Rutland County Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm.