Library Assistant Ref 21512

Division: Library
Hours: 18.25 hours per week (0.5 FTE), working Wednesday afternoons and all-day Thursday and Friday, within core hours of 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 21512
Salary: starting at £23,144 to £24,248 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 18 September 2023.
Closing date: 03 October 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 16th October 2023
Expected start date: as soon as possible  

Job description

About the role

The successful candidate will be based in the Content Delivery section of the library, which deals with reading lists, the acquisition, processing and discovery of printed, electronic and audio-visual material and has responsibility for the provision of digitised course material as well as the Interlibrary Requests service. The successful candidate will have a key role in the delivery of the Interlibrary Request service, checking new requests, processing incoming loans and article requests and dealing with queries from users and other libraries, as well as providing support for other tasks across the Content Delivery team, such as the processing of print journal issues.

The post holder will also be involved in general Library duties, including dealing with queries from students at the Library Support Desk as well as online and the shelving of returned books. Occasional evening and weekend duties may be required.    

About you

Applicants must have exceptional attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to prioritise tasks, work independently and take initiative as appropriate. The work involves the use of online resources so good all round IT skills are essential. 

About our Division

Founded in 1961, the University Library is an important research facility in the UK with exceptional services and internationally significant collections. Today the Library is far more than a building and a collection of printed materials. It plays a central role in the creation, publication, application and preservation of knowledge and research at our thriving University. As a crucial partner in the University’s learning and research agendas, the Library constantly seeks ways to be as closely connected as possible to the changing nature of the work of Schools to contribute fully to the enrichment of the lives of their students and the advancement of their research

Why work here…

Our University is situated just off of the A27, next to the beautiful South Downs where you will enjoy everything that our 150-acre campus has to offer. We are easily accessible by public transport; a 5-minute walk from the train station and bus stops within the campus. We have dedicated cycling paths and encourage our staff to cycle to work with our offering of a cycle to work scheme. 

Sussex is a renowned, research-led International University and this is only possible because of the people that work here. Whether you are Faculty, Student, or a member of a Professional Services Team, it’s our people that make us great and we want you to be part of that.

The benefits that you will receive from day one:

  • Generous pension scheme 12% total Pension Scheme(grades 1-6) 31.4% total (grades 7-10).
  • Life insurance of up to 3 times your annual salary for any pension-enrolled employees.
  • Purchase additional Annual Leave though our Scheme for a great home and work life balance.
  • Discounts of public transport, Cycle to work Scheme, and special rates in hotels in Brighton and the Sussex region.
  •  Discounts on high-street shops through our Rewards partner, along with a Cash back Health Plan.
  • Considerable discount on our on-site Gym Facilities because we care about our employees’ Health and Wellbeing.

Please contact Lucy Oakley, or Josh Jenkin   for informal enquiries

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 21512 [PDF 202.93KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.

How to apply

Download our professional services application form and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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