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The London Library is seeking a Conservator

Founded in 1841, The London Library is one of the world’s great literary institutions. Members can browse and borrow from our open-stack collection of one million volumes and use our beautiful reading rooms in Central London. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Library’s Collection Care department and lead our programme of preventive and interventive conservation.

You will have a degree in conservation with significant practical experience, a broad knowledge of available conservation treatments in the field of book / paper conservation, and the ability to diagnose conservation problems and evaluate options for solutions.  You should also have a high level of manual dexterity and the ability to treat fragile materials, together with a knowledge of materials chemistry and the properties, behaviours and interaction of a range of organic and inorganic materials. 

You will have a flexible and pragmatic approach to work, good planning and organisational skills, and experience of managing risks to collections. 

This role includes training Library staff in handling collections, and emergency preparedness, so we are looking for someone with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills who can create and maintain awareness of best practices in preservation across the whole organisation. 

We anticipate that this will be a full time role working five days per week, but we are willing to consider applications from people wishing to undertake job-share arrangements or part time working patterns. For a full job description and candidate pack, please go to The London Library website

To apply, please download the application form from our website at the link above, complete all three sections and e-mail them to by the closing date.