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Weekend Library Assistant

Surrey County Council
Closing date
27 Jul 2021

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The starting salary for this role is £2,972 per annum (FTE £17,833) based on a 6 hour working week (Saturdays between 10am and 5pm).

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 work every Saturday and help us promote and deliver a first class library service for the people of Surrey.

You 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, IT sessions for customers, and craft sessions. You will be responsible for assisting with enquiries as required and ensuring that borrower records are kept up to date. As well as this, you will need to have good people skills and will occasionally be required to work at other branches within the local area.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:
  • Knowledge of using Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to use initiative and work under pressure with accuracy
  • A basic understanding of working in a library
  • Positive working attitude towards training and development

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.

The Weekend Library Assistant will work 6 hours every Saturday and will be based at either Farnham Library or Ash Library on a rota basis. Please note that the rota is subject to temporary or long term revision, when required, to meet the needs of the library service. This role will involve periods of lone working (when 18 years of age and over only).

Although based at both Farnham and Ash Libraries, you may be asked to travel to other locations to support the wider library network as required. 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.

For more information about our libraries please visit our website.

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.
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Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28/07/2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 02/08/2021.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Sandra Hughes on or by e-mail at .uk.

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 (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.
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