Explore a few of the many jobs available in the Library and Information sector.

This section of the blog features testimonials from librarians who have been generous enough to share their experience with us. Thank you to Phoebe Demeger, Craig Finlay, Emily Pulsford, Mpilo Siwela, and Dunstan Speight, for taking part. We hope to add a testimonial from someone in the public library sector very soon.

While many Librarians continue to work with physical books, be it lending collections or rare, historic books, there is also an increasing demand for digital information storage and retrieval skills, across many sectors. The role of librarians continues to change, as more information becomes available to the public through the internet, and with the ongoing effects of the pandemic. However, librarians continue to store, organise, and facilitate access to, information.

The Social Sciences Library. Photo credit: John Cairns.

What kinds of institutions employ Librarians and Information Professionals?

Around 60% of professionals working in the sector have a postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Studies (or similar). Read our guide to the types of postgraduate qualifications.

Professional associations

Librarians and Information Professionals can opt to join professional associations. Take a look at the websites of these organisations for further information about professional development, job vacancies, and events. Graduate Traineeships are advertised on the CILIP website by libraries in Oxford and beyond.

  • CILIP – formerly known as the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • BIALL – British and Irish Association of Law Librarians