The British Library
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The British Library Careers and Employment

About the company

  • Company size
    1,001 to 5,000
  • Revenue
    £75m to £365m (GBP)
  • Industry
    Government & Public Administration
  • Headquarters
    London, UK
  • Link
    The British Library website

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest libraries in the world. It is estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million items from many countries.

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St Pancras

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Rating is calculated based on 46 reviews and is evolving.



Security Guard in King Cross, Greater London
on 17 August 2022

Very nice working in British Libary with English people.They are very nice frank and helpful people’s I appreciate the hospitality kind they Show is beautiful.The environment is really fabulous and motivated because everyone help each other we learn from team So I am really satisfied

Library Assistant in London
on 11 August 2022
Toxic work culture - Avoid

I was there for about a year as an agency worker before being dumped without warning and only given the reason after I left. It may have been down to the agency, but there is a terribly toxic work culture there, with horrible managers and a work force that is constantly bickering amongst themselves and forming cliques. Try to avoid it as it is a bureaucratic nightmare that will slowly but surely break your spirit.

Library Assistant in London
on 23 May 2022
Busy and a nice environment

Job is pretty straightforward, reserving books, creating memberships but i would say the highlight was the work culture as my colleagues were all very warm.

Employee Services in Thorp Arch, West Yorkshire
on 9 March 2022

Horrific experience and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone! HR and employee services are treated like dirt by all others INCLUDING management and are not treated with respect. They are blamed for all wrongdoings. Not a family friendly company.

Security Officer in London
on 18 February 2022
Full of malicious gossip and petty minded bureaucratic management just waiting until they receive their pension

I found the daily malicious gossip and constant bullying and undermining of petty minded bureaucratic management extremely stressful and after 10 years of it it made me quite ill

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Insights from 36 Indeed users who have interviewed with The British Library within the last 5 years.

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Interview is average
Process takes about a week

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How did you resolve a problem? What have you done towards inclusivity? How do you approach working in a team? The usual

Shared on 18 July 2019

Can’t remember but they tend to be very closely linked to the person specification.

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