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Library Assistant - Camberley and Frimley Green Libraries

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/44418/17890
  • Published: Thu 07/10/2021, 10:30 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 25/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 27.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £19,422 - £21,416- salary is pro rata for part time hours
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Camberley

The starting salary for these posts is £19,422 per annum which is pro rata for parttime hours as follows:

  • £14,566 per annum for working 27 hours per week on a two-week rota
  • £6,474 p er annum for working 12 hours per week on a two-week rota

These posts are based at Camberley Library, Knoll Road, GU15 3SY and Frimley Green Library, Beech Road, GU16 6LQ:

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. Library Assistants help branches support a range of online reference resources, hold computer classes, Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and various other events such as Minecraft sessions and Code Clubs. We also 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 and transforming library service for the people of Surrey.

Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, you will have good computer skills, with the ability to support library customers with MS Office and other IT applications. 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 weekend staff, volunteers and volunteer activities.

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:

·       Experience of working within a customer service environment.

·       Confidence and resilience.

·       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.

Please note that the attached work rota is subject to temporary or long-term revision, when required, to meet the needs of the library service, including occasionally covering until 7pm.

Library Assistants at Camberley library also regularly support Lightwater and Frimley Green Libraries which are in the same sub-cluster and travel to other locations to support the wider library network as required.

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. 

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Job Details

For more information about these libraries please visit our website http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest-library or to hear from our staff about working for the library service, in this YouTube video: http://tinyurl.com/library-staff-talk

Additional Information

Additional Information: The closing date for applications is Monday 25th October 2021.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th November 2021.

There are no staff parking facilities at libraries in Surrey, however there are pay and display car parks close to most locations. If using public transport, please check what options are available for you to travel to individual locations, and when making your application, consider your travel costs and arrangements.

Contact details: If you have any questions, please contact Claire Eagleton at claire.rawding@surreycc.gov.uk 

We look forward to hearing from you!


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 (pro rata for part time staff), 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.

Surrey County Council's Library Service is committed to achieving a diverse shortlist to support our desire to increase the number of staff from under-represented groups in our workforce. If you would like to self-declare information about your background to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitment, please do so.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/44418/17890
  • Published: Thu 07/10/2021, 10:30 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 25/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 27.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £19,422 - £21,416- salary is pro rata for part time hours
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Camberley

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