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Director of Collections and Library Services

Employer: The London Library
Location: London
Salary: Circa £60,000 + generous benefits
Published Date: 13 Sep 2018
Status: Permanent
Ref: PER1309

Job Description

The London Library, founded in 1841, has played a significant role in the intellectual and cultural life of the nation for nearly 200 years. An independent and self-financing charity, the Library is a real hidden gem, and an essential resource for scholars, students and the intellectually curious. It is also the working home of writers of all kinds, from the internationally acclaimed to those preparing to write publications for the first time. Members and staff share a special sense of belonging to this outstanding institution, enjoying its history, heritage, and outstanding collections.


The Collection is at the heart of the Library. It consists of over one million books, including some astonishing rarities, and extensive electronic resources, making The London Library one of the world's greatest lending libraries.


While the Library remains highly successful, it needs to strengthen its membership base, attract new supporters, expand its reach and increase awareness, and develop new services and facilities to a wider audience. The London Library now seeks a new Director of Collections and Library Services to work closely with the Director and the Executive team in developing the overall strategy for the Library, and to lead new initiatives within the Collections and Library Services teams.


We seek a professional, innovative and experienced librarian who will lead the implementation of change in the development, storage, care and maintenance of the unique and evolving collection and the services that the Library provides to its members.


This is an amazing opportunity to work in a stunning literary institution which is woven into the cultural heart of London and beyond, and to be part of a strategic and dedicated team who share in the ambitions to develop the Library and improve its sustainability for another 200 years.



For a confidential discussion please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners: Liz Holderness on 07872 031079 or liz@peridotpartners.co.uk or Alice Gillham on 07803 488423 or alice@peridotpartners.co.uk .

For more information, please click on the "Apply" button below.

Closing date for applications is: Monday 8th October 2018

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