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Library Services Assistant - Estates Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council’s Library and Information Service is a public facing service operating for the benefit of local communities and the wider city.   
Providing services from the central library and 16 local libraries (3 of which are community led) Coventry libraries provide a unique 'cradle-to-grave' service bringing individuals and communities together.   
Public libraries acquire, organise and provide access to a range of information and reading resources to meet the diverse needs of a community.  We actively support independent learning and encourage reader development, also providing information on areas such as:

  • Local and national government services, 
  • Learning opportunities,  
  • Leisure activities, and  
  • Local community news and events  

We also play an important role in providing access to computers and the internet for those who are digitally excluded.   
The Library Service works in partnership with local, regional and national organisations to provide a full and wide-ranging service offer.  Partners include: 

  • Arts Council England 
  • BBC  
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport 
  • Libraries Connected  
  • Public Health England, and  
  • Reading Agency 

Libraries are uniquely placed to change lives for the better. They are busy and vibrant open spaces, not only providing access to books but also helping people to help themselves and improve their opportunities. By providing practical support and guidance, libraries play a critical role in enabling and empowering people to realise their potential, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What is the job role?

We are looking for someone to temporarily join our team as an Estates Assistant to support the work of Coventry Library Service, in providing a safe welcoming space for visitors to relax, read, learn, use computers, attend and participate in events on site or online. 

In your role you will be ensuring a good visitor experience.  

The main day to day duties of the role include: 

  • Answering public enquiries in a welcoming and courteous way 

  • Maintain the welcoming appearance of our library spaces:-  to include keeping library spaces clean, tidy, safe and secure 

  • Open and close premises 

  • Provide an internal delivery system by driving a range of vehicles 

  • Manual handling of library stock and furniture 

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for a versatile person with a driving licence who can work across multiple sites in the City and ensure that orders are delivered, small repairs and maintenance is carried out and a provide friendly presence for the purposes of customer service and security.  

This is an exciting role where no two days are the same so we’re looking for someone who can respond to those challenges and enjoys the variety that this role would bring.  

We will provide training as well as giving you the opportunity to go on a defensive driving course to bolster your skills and allow you to carry out the role efficiently. 

Someone able to work evenings and weekends and be flexible to change shifts if required  

This post works a two-week rota 

                                   Week 1                                 Week 2 

Monday               9.00 – 5.00                                  11.00 – 7.00 

Tuesday              10.30 – 7.00                                10.30 – 7.00 

Wednesday         9.00 – 4.30                                  11.00 – 7.00 

Thursday            11.00 – 7.00                                  Off 

Friday                 11.00 – 7.00                                  Off 

Saturday             Off                                                7.00 – 3.30 

Sunday               Off                                                10.45 – 4.15 

Fixed term contract until 2nd June 2023

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'. Please note the Personal Statement only will be marked. Candidates will be shortlisted against the Person Specification. 

Interview date: Wednesday 7 December 2022 

If you have any queries, please contact June Edwards on 024 7697 2689 or Carol Robinson on 024 7697 2674 


About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards & benefits package which includes:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Opportunity for Salary Match
  • An outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Great opportunities to develop with access to accredited courses.
  • Access to an award-winning Occupational Health Service
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Coventry City Council

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