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. For more information about these libraries please visit our website.
We currently have the following Weekend Library Network Assistant vacancies available:
- Sunbury Library, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 7AB - 6 hours per week - £2,972 per annum
- Staines Library, Friends Walk, Staines, TW18 4PG - 6 hours per week - £2,972 per annum
- Ashford Library, Church Road, Shepperton, Ashford, TW15 2XB - 3 hours per week - £1,486 per annum
You will be able to confirm which location you are interested in applying for as part of your application.
We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help us promote and deliver a first class 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 you will take responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of the service and the building. You will also support weekend staff, volunteers and volunteer activities.
We are looking for the following key skills:
- 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
- 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.
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.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 18/09/2021.
Interviews will take place week commencing 27/09/2021.
Please note you will be required 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 an informal discussion contact Rachel Hales by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service (pro-rata for part-time), 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.
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.