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Prison Librarian

  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC2563RS
  • Published: Wed 24/05/2023, 13:04 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 09/06/2023, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 33 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 5 (£33,723 - £39,632) per annum / pro rata
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: HMP Rochester, and HMYOI Cookham Wood , Kent

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Prison Librarian

Please note we will close this vacancy once 50 applications have been received.

We are looking for a Prison Librarian to oversee the two prison libraries at HMP Rochester and HMYOI Cookham Wood. You will develop, manage and promote a high quality prison library service in accordance with the appropriate local policy and central government guidelines.

You will also lead on the development of a specific service, identifying and providing for the needs of customers by developing existing services and establishing new initiatives in line with overall objectives.

Responsibilities include undertaking line management responsibilities for library/archivist staff to ensure their development needs are identified and met, manage and monitor the relevant library service budget. Ensure that stock is maintained in good condition and managed in accordance with the relevant standards and provide an efficient information service to all customers.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

We're committed to making Medway carbon neutral by 2050. We have developed an action plan to ensure we play our part in addressing the climate emergency.  Our declaration fits into our Council Plan priority of making Medway a place to be proud of. The main outcome being a 'clean and green environment'. All Medway Council staff can access an additional day’s paid leave to undertake a volunteering activity which supports climate change. 


Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call William Train on 01634 337356.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile


Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, family commitments, sexual orientation, age, HIV status, religious or political beliefs, social class or trade union activity or irrelevant spent conviction.

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.