Library Assistant - Guildford and Horsley Libraries
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/157474/24616
  • Published: Thu 16/06/2022, 16:26 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 04/07/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 27.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £14,566 per annum (pro rata to £19,422 FTE)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

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Library Assistant - Guildford and Horsley Libraries

The starting salary for this role is £14,566 per annum (pro rata to £19,422 FTE) an, working 27 hours per week.

This role is based at Guildford Library but you will also work regularly at Horsley Library which is in the same group, and will be expected to travel to other locations to support the wider library network as required.

Surrey is one of the largest county councils in the UK and has over 50 libraries across the county. Our library teams deliver a range of services to all members of the public. Times have changed from when all that libraries offered was to lend books and access to a reference collection. Now, in addition to lending books and providing a range of online reference resources, we also hold computer classes, Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and various other events such as Minecraft sessions and Code Clubs. We are able to offer a range of services including library services for the elderly or disabled.

We are looking for a friendly and enthusiastic person, to help us promote and deliver a first-class library service for the people of Surrey.

Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, the successful applicant will have good computer skills, with the ability to support library customers with MS Office and other IT applications. Weekend Library Assistants also deliver children's activities including Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and support other library events, for example author talks and IT sessions for customers. In the absence of a senior member of staff they take responsibility for the day to day delivery of the service, and the building. They also support volunteers and volunteer activities. This role will involve periods of lone working.

We are looking for the following key skills from potential applicants:

  • Knowledge of using Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to use initiative and work under pressure with accuracy
  • A basic understanding of working in a library
  • Ability to manage time and workload
  • Positive working attitude towards training and development.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence the above and:

  • Experience of working within a customer service environment.
  • An ability to work effectively under pressure in a busy multi-tasking environment, and independently as well as part of a team.
  • An interest in, and an enthusiasm for, books and reading, information delivery, and virtual services.
  • Flexibility towards work patterns.

If you thrive on variety, have excellent customer care and communication skills, and are willing to have a go at a wide range of tasks, you will find this an enjoyable and satisfying role.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and 800 word personal statement will clearly evidence how your skills and experiences match our job description.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 03/07/2022 with interviews to follow.

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For an informal discussion contact Christine Whyte on 07968834654 or by e-mail at, or Sophie Spearing by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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