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Library Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

Come and join our Eton College community. 

Our welcoming ambitious school is seeking a Library Assistant who will support the School Librarian and Library team in the day to day running of the School Library. You will be involved in a variety of tasks, from organising resources, to promoting services to pupils and the College community. The role will also be key in promoting and maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to study, which will involve ensuring positive behaviour from the boys, as well as engaging with visitors, offering support and dealing with any queries in a pro-active manner.

Our School Library is the main reference and lending library of the College, providing over 30,000 resources including books, DVDs, magazines and a range of e-books and online resources. Printing facilities and Wi-Fi are also available. It is a thriving environment, open to all members of the Eton College community.

The library is open seven days a week during term-time, and currently staffed by a team of three librarians and an administrator who manage the collection, deal with a wide range of queries, supervise students and teach study skills. As well as supporting the curriculum, School Library aims to support the leisure needs of staff and students alike, with a broad selection of non-academic resources.

The successful candidate will receive an introduction to the Library and the team, together with the required training.

Our historic college dating back to 1400’s offers a unique place to work, steeped in history, set amidst beautiful grounds and just a stone’s throw from Windsor. 

Working pattern

This is a part-time, permanent position.

Working hours will be 25 hours a week. The hours of work are 2.15 - 7.15pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturdays 8.45am – 1.00pm (one in four on a rota basis, in term-time only). Some flexibility is required as a response to peaks in workload.

You will be working during term time plus an additional 3 weeks: 38 weeks in total.  You will be be paid for 43.6 weeks per year which includes 5.6 weeks paid holiday entitlement. You will be paid over 12 months.

Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Main Duties

  • Undertaking enquiry desk duties, including the issue and return of books using the Heritage Cirqa library management system;
  • Assisting pupils and staff with general, reference and IT enquiries;
  • Supervision and behavioural management of boys where necessary;
  • Maintaining an atmosphere conducive to study;
  • Responsible for the School Library building during the hours of work;
  • Assisting as and when required in duties such as shelving of stock, repair of books, creation of displays etc.
  • Commitment to and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including but not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
  • Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Have impeccable customer service skills;
  • Have excellent communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Be well-organised and efficient, with a strong attention to detail;
  • Have the ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Have the ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to manage and communicate with large groups of young people;
  • Behavioural management skills;
  • Library experience, would be welcome, but not essential and ideally would have been gained in a school environment;
  • Have knowledge, understanding and competence in IT;
  • Possess learning support skills;
  • Knowledge of children’s literature and information sources;
  • Demonstrate reliability and flexibility;
  • Show confidence in dealing with all members of the school and the wider community;
  • Be committed to the ethos and values of Eton College.

You may enjoy this role if you;

  • Are passionate about education;
  • Are passionate about providing excellent customer service.



Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free or heavily discounted access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discounts at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on so we can make adjustments accordingly. 



Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including, but not limited to, reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (including Barred List information), an online search and, where applicable, Prohibition checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

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