Jobs & opportunities

Board elections

The Scottish Poetry Library is seeking nominations from our Friends for three forthcoming vacant posts to the Board as some of our members have come to the end of their terms of office. Completed nominations must be submitted by Monday, October 23rd 2017. The nominations will then be included in the papers inviting Friends to our AGM on Saturday, November 25th 2017.

The Board relies on a committed membership with diverse skills to ensure that we are able to guide the governance of SPL effectively and constructively into the future. Having looked at current members' skills, we are particularly looking for members with a background of skills and knowledge in the legal, financial and publishing sectors. We would also like to appoint someone with knowledge of the Gaelic language and culture. Of course, an underlying knowledge and love of poetry is very desirable! 

The Board meets quarterly, usually a Wednesday evening in late February, May and August, and a Saturday morning in late November (before our AGM).  Elected members will be encouraged to attend a Board training day in Edinburgh on Saturday, December 9th 2017.

Nomination Process

Each nomination for election to the Board must be accompanied by a proposer and a seconder (both of whom should also be Friends of SPL), along with a brief candidate’s statement. A nomination form is attached, or can be downloaded from our website. We will then mail out (in late October) the list of candidates standing for election, which Friends can vote for in attendance at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 25th or by postal proxy. The procedures for proxy voting will be provided with the list of candidates for election.

Any Friend may consult the Secretary about the procedures for nomination. If you are interested and would like to apply or discuss further please email me at, or phone 0131 557 2876. I shall then forward these enquiries to John Gillies, Board Secretary, who is happy to contact Friends interested in joining the Board who would like further information.

Volunteering at the SPL

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. Event volunteering involves setting up and running a donation bar, selling books, using Eventbrite to manage attendance and generally helping out on the night. saturday volunteering involves shelving, labelling and tidying collection items, helping with enquiries and customer service, and getting the opportunity to help with the SPL podcasts.

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, formal or specialist placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. Please contact Rebecca Oliva the Head Librarian directly to discuss this further by emailing

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