An opportunity to work for Gladstone's Library

An opportunity to work for Gladstone's Library

The Library aims to create an inclusive and ecumenical community and resource. There are currently vacancies for volunteer chaplains and library interns

The Library is situated in Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. The closing dates for these vacancies are 14th and 15th February 2016, respectively.

Reception hours are 8:30am until 5:00pm seven days a week. Phone: 01244 532350. Email: The email addresses for applications are given below, following each job description.

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We are looking for Chaplains who are ‘inclusive’ in nature and ecumenical in spirit. The Library is host to clergy and laity of both sexes and from many traditions. It was Gladstone’s intention that his Library be an inclusive Christian community. We understand this to mean that all are welcome regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. The Chaplain would be expected to be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

There is a daily Eucharist (Monday – Friday) and you will be required to follow the Library’s usual practice when acting as celebrant. Although the Chapel and Library have a predominantly inclusive Anglican ethos, there is no requirement for the Chaplain to be Anglican. We have had Chaplains from many denominations: Lutherans, Moravians, Mennonites, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians. Chaplains must be ordained ministers or priests and in good standing with their Church. They will be required to wear a cassock-alb and stole to celebrate the Eucharist.

We expect Chaplains to undertake the following duties and roles:

• Chapel: To participate in chapel rota - usually leading chapel services two/three days per week. If the Warden is away, you will be asked to take additional weekday services.

• Duty / Lock-up: The Chaplain will be expected to be on duty up to three or four times a week. Your duty begins just before 5pm. During the duty hours you will be required to be on the premises at all times and available to guests. It includes answering the emergency telephone from the start of duty until lock up, booking in any late (after 5pm) arrivals (please check with Reception for details before 5pm) and undertaking the security round (lock up) of the building at 10pm. You remain on duty until 8.30am the following morning.

• Project: We encourage Chaplains to undertake a project to help the Library during their residency – previous chaplains have helped staff the library Reception desk, undertaken some cataloguing and archive work or even worked in the garden. We are careful to ensure that you have plenty of free time to give you time to travel or undertake your own project. Otherwise, all that is required is for you to be a ‘benign presence’ in the Library supporting the residential staff when necessary.

Terms and Conditions: Chaplains receive accommodation and all meals at the Library during their residency. We ask that you commit to being Chaplain for at least two calendar months – the maximum possible stay is four months. At present, there are vacancies for June, September, November and December 2016.

If the Chaplain is accompanied by his/her partner, the cost of the partner’s lodging will be minimal (£25 per day to cover food and accommodation).

Your accommodation will be a large, double room in the Library flat. You will have three Library interns as flatmates.

For more information, any questions and details of availability, please email the Warden, Peter Francis ( by Saturday, 14th February.


1 position: Sunday, 28th February - Sunday, 29th May

2 positions: Sunday, 3rd April - Sunday, 26th June

This is a rare opportunity to join the successful intern programme at Gladstone’s Library. We are proud to say that almost all previous interns have, as a direct result of their experience here, gained a foothold in their chosen career in information and archive studies.

The library at Gladstone’s Library is many things: chiefly, it is a spectacle, a dedicated research environment and a place to be creatively inspired. Its users include academics, clergy, students, the general public, creative writers, and many more. The Library team’s priority is ensuring that the environment retains its charismatic character, welcoming in new users while allowing experienced users to benefit from the silent working environment.

The position of Library Intern is, therefore, a diverse one and would best suit an individual who appreciates the need for libraries to promote their services. Interns divide their time between working with the library team, assisting with marketing tasks and individual projects (roughly 60% of the role involves working with the library team). A typical day might involve:

• two shifts on the library’s Enquiry Desk, the first point of call for library users;

• reshelving and cataloguing;

• individual project work;

• reviewing library collections;

• promoting the library through social media, blog posts, and images.

This post would suit an individual who seeking experience in librarianship as well as graduates who would appreciate the chance to work on research projects in one of the UK’s most significant collections. Irrespective of background, the successful candidate must be able to deliver excellent customer service, and be enthusiastic about working on a variety of tasks with a variety of people.

All are welcome at the Library regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation and interns are expected to be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

Library interns are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of expression and accuracy in both written and verbal communication. All library staff and interns are required to complete the library’s training courses, which ensure a standard level of core competencies while ensuring that each staff member receives the training that they need in order to work both independently and as part of the library team.

This is a residential post and the successful candidate will be required to undertake other duties to ensure the smooth running of Gladstone’s Library which operates seven days a week (including Bank Holidays). The Intern will work four weekdays and every third weekend in the Library (9am – 5pm). Interns are also expected to be assigned a lock up duty and to cover evening Reception up to twice a week, and to cover Reception at lunchtime on a rota basis. Exact working patterns will be confirmed during the first week of the internship. These posts are for an initial period of three months as advertised but may be extended for a further period subject to mutual agreement. Accommodation, meals and utilities are provided. Interns receive a small travel and general expenses allowance of £100.00 per month.

To read about our previous Interns, please click here.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV (with contact details of two referees) to Louisa Yates ( by 9am on Monday, 15th February 2016. Interviews will take place in the following week.

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