Jobs & opportunities

Senior Librarian

Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday, February 28 2017

Salary: £25,000 p.a.

Interview date: Friday, March 10 2017 at the Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is seeking a motivated and innovative individual to join its small but dedicated team as Senior Librarian to manage and develop our physical and digital collections, and library service staff. The successful candidate will be a professionally qualified librarian. She or he will produce and roll-out a Collections Policy and Digital Services Plan, reflecting the diversity of our audiences, as part of our strategy of widening access to the Library. A commitment to providing high-quality customer services to develop a welcoming environment is important. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an affinity for and understanding of the cultural, social and wellbeing benefits brought about by public engagement and participation with poetry and poets. The post is full-time and based in our iconic building, just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The SPL is a unique national resource and advocate for poetry. We host a distinctive collection of lending and reference books and printed material in English, Scots, Gaelic and international languages, as well as online resources and audio-visual material. Our Library is also home to the Edwin Morgan Archive, along with other poetry gems. We support the programme of the Makar, Jackie Kay - Scotland’s National Poet. Our major projects include National Poetry Day (Scotland), Poetry By Heart (Scotland), and Living Voices. Our events programme showcases leading national and international poets, and reading and writing activities with a broad range of groups reflecting our support for promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

Our values nurture passion, imagination, knowledge and openness. We hope that yours align with these too, and, in the words of Jackie Kay in the poem ‘Threshold’, you are inspired to 'Come join our brilliant gathering.'

To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter, taking into account the Job Description’s Duties and Responsibilities and Person Specification, to Asif Khan, SPL Director at

Depute Director (Temp)

• Salary equivalent to £28,000 per annum
• 6 months (available as a secondment opportunity)
• Expressions of interest deadline: noon Monday, February 27 2017

The Scottish Poetry Library is seeking a motivated individual to support the Director across the full range of responsibilities including deputising for the Director in his absence and undertaking specific tasks/ projects allocated by the Director. This role will ensure that strategic activities, including the completion of external funding applications can progress effectively whilst the ongoing business of the Library progresses effectively.

The role would suit a candidate wishing to gain senior management and leadership experience in an arts environment. Experience of managing and developing staff would be an advantage.

If you are interested in a secondment opportunity, please seek the approval of your employer in advance of expressing an interest. To discuss this further, please contact Asif Khan, SPL Director, tel 0131 557 2876.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest taking into account the responsibilities and skills / attributes outlined in the job description (no more than one side of A4), along with your CV to Asif Khan, Director SPL:

Please submit your interest as ‘SPL Depute Director’ in your email’s subject heading.

For further details, please consult the Job Description, which can be downloaded from this page (see right).

Volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library

At the SPL volunteers are a major resource, making a vital contribution to the achievement of our aims.

Volunteers complement and support rather than replace the roles of paid staff, and we believe our relationship with our volunteers is one of mutual responsibility and commitment. Volunteers contribute to many aspects of our work. In particular, volunteer assistance on Saturdays and during evening events allows us to maintain our current opening hours and host many events more fully than we would otherwise be able to.

The Scottish Poetry Library is an ideal environment in which to gain experience of how a library and an arts organisation works, and we can offer the opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing ones whilst connecting us with the wider community in our commitment to bringing people and poems together. In exchange for your experience, passion, skills and time-commitment, we offer you the opportunity to strengthen your CV, network, forge friendships and participate in creative activities. We aim for this relationship to be one of mutual value and respect.

We recruit volunteers to assist us in our newly refurbished building on an ongoing basis, based on suitability and relevant skills and experience. Please consider joining our team.

Please complete the volunteer application form and send with your CV, if you have one, to, or email us at this address to find out more.


We can occasionally offer short term work experience or more formal placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. Please contact our Librarian staff directly to discuss this further.

At present we do not offer work experience for secondary school pupils, but this policy is currently under consideration.