Jobs & opportunities

Senior Library Assistant

The Scottish Poetry Library is a dynamic organisation, a unique national resource and advocate for poetry. The SPL is looking for a creative and experienced individual to join its small team as Senior Library Assistant, helping to fulfil the SPL’s aim of bringing people and poetry together. This new, part-time post will be based in the SPL in Edinburgh.

• Manage the SPL’s periodicals & magazines collection, including acquisitions, processing and cataloguing
• Indexing of Scottish literary periodicals for the SPL’s Scottish Poetry Index (SPI)
• Assisting Assistant Librarian with reference enquiries and the cuttings collection
• Occasional reception support and other duties when required

Essential skills
• Library & Information Studies professional qualification
• Experience of working in a library environment
• Good communication skills
• Attention to detail
• Strong budgeting skills
• Excellent general knowledge and search skills
• Good knowledge of Scottish literature

Desirable experience
• Cataloguing with MARC21
• Knowledge of Scottish and world poetry
• Some experience of the Scots language
• Experience working with periodicals

• £18,500 per annum pro rata, 15 hours per week
• 1 year fixed contract

If you wish to proceed with an application, please send your CV with an accompanying letter, setting out your reasons for applying for this post and drawing attention to particularly relevant qualifications.

Please let us know how you found out about this post.

Referees’ names should be included but references will only be taken up in the event of your being selected for the post.

Applications should be addressed to:
Julie Johnstone, Librarian, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT
and emailed to:

The closing date is Monday 10 November.
We expect to interview short-listed candidates on Tuesday 25 November.

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 do not 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, volunteers are key assisting on Saturdays and during evening events.

Please note that we will be closing the library on November 29th, 2014, in preparation for building works in 2015. Therefore, we are not recruiting any new volunteers at present. 

Details and changes will be published on the website as they emerge.


We can occasionally offer short term work experience or more formal placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. However, during 2013-2014 we are unable to do this.

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