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Honorary Librarian

Honorary Librarian

Be part of the vision; be part of the RIBA.

The RIBA is a global professional membership body, and a cultural organisation, driving excellence in architecture.

Salary: Pro bono
London/remote working
Voluntary. Please see time commitment as outlined below.


The Honorary Librarian:

  • chairs the Library Committee
  • attends meetings of the British Architectural Trust Board (BATB)
  • is an ex-officio member of the RIBA Board
  • attends quarterly meetings of the RIBA Council as a RIBA trustee

The Library Committee is responsible for the management of the RIBA’s collections, including its world class collections of books, periodicals, drawings, and photographs (4 million items). As well as bearing responsibility for the British Architectural Library it also oversees the RIBA’s partnership with the V&A, and its educational outreach programme as it relates to the collections.

Liaison: As well as the meetings mentioned above, the Honorary Librarian may be required to attend other RIBA events including award ceremonies, lectures and fundraising events both in the UK and abroad.

Support: The main staff contact for the Honorary Librarian is Wendy Fish, Director of the British Architectural Library.

Time commitment:

Library Committee: three half-days per annum

BATB: three half-days per annum

RIBA Board: six half-days per annum

RIBA Council: four one-day meetings per annum

Occasional travel abroad for short trips

Catch-up meetings with Director of BAL as required

Eligibility: RIBA Chartered members may put themselves forward provided they have the support of two members of the RIBA Council serving in the 2019 to 2020 session.

Term of office:

For an initial period of up to one year, commencing 2 October 2019. Candidates are asked to note that owing to the RIBA’s constitutional review, the terms of office are likely to be subject to change in spring 2020. You are advised to contact the RIBA’s Council Secretary as below for further clarification.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send a CV and one page statement outlining your suitability for the role, including the names of two serving RIBA Council members who have agreed to nominate you, to

Closing date: 12 noon BST on 27 August 2019
Contact for further information: RIBA Council Secretary: + 44 (0)20 7307 3667

The RIBA is a progressive employer, committed to developing a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

Registered Charity No. 210566

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