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Graduate Library Trainee - Grays Inn

Contract typeFixed-term
Closing date14 July 2017
CompanyGrays Inn

Gray’s Inn is one of four Inns of Court responsible for calling barristers to the Bar of England and Wales.  Its members are students, barristers and judges.   The Inn provides continuing legal education after qualification, the Library, a chapel, dining, scholarships, advocacy training and other facilities for students and barristers.

Gray’s Inn Library

The Library houses over 75,000 books, journals and law reports, including rare books and manuscripts dating back to the 11th century.  As well as offering a full collection of English legal materials to meet the general needs of barristers, we also collect in over twenty specialist areas of law.  Our most significant specialist collection, maintained on behalf of all four Inns of Court, is in international law, including international arbitration, together with comprehensive coverage of treaties and public international law.  In addition the Library offers a range of online resources and a professional enquiry service for students and barristers.

The Role

You must be a university graduate (or equivalent).  Previous library or information experience may be helpful but is not essential.  Knowledge of the law or the legal sector is not required.

We are looking for a confident, proactive individual who enjoys working as part of a team and is interested in pursuing a career in librarianship.  As the position is for  one year (fixed-term) the post would particularly suit anyone seeking pre-library school experience, and a representative schedule of training and visits is included with the application pack.

Duties include:

  • Provision of an enquiry service and legal research for barristers and students using hardcopy and online resources, in person, by phone and by email
  • Fulfilling document supply requests for law reports, journal articles etc.
  • Serials administration using  SirsiDynix Symphony
  • Cataloguing as required (under supervision) using SirsiDynix Symphony
  • Library housekeeping tasks including looseleaf filing, shelving, assistance with binding orders and some liaison with library suppliers
  • Assisting with projects such as stock moves, re-cataloguing, creating library displays

The Inn offers a generous package of annual leave and other benefits, including free lunches during legal terms.

For further details and an application pack please email  (quoting reference – Graduate Library Trainee – in the heading).  Closing date for applications: 14 July 2017.

Gray’s Inn is an equal opportunities employer

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