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Government Librarians

Government librarians

Government librarians work across all areas of government, and in this sector you’ll also find a information and knowledge managers and Freedom of Information Officers. Working in government libraries involves supporting researchers, MPs, assistants, departments and working parties on confidential enquiries and providing briefings or briefing notes where necessary. You could be helping to support constituency case work or preparing information to inform policy decisions.

Some roles will involve handling sensitive data so you’ll need to be prepared to undergo a security check.

Qualifications and experience

Government library posts in some areas may require you to have some knowledge of particular policy areas or a foreign language. An accredited qualification in library and information science is usually preferred, as is CILIP Chartership or a willingness to work towards Chartership.

Depending on the level of the role and the information you’ll have access to some roles will require a CRB background check or level of security clearance. Roles in some departments also require applicants to be British Citizens.

Relevant Special Interest Group

Government Information Group


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