School work experience placements

Each year the British Library offers a number of short, unpaid work opportunities to school students looking for a work experience placement as part of their curriculum.

The placements are for one or two weeks and most take place in July or August. Placements at other times may also be possible, if your school organises its work experience at a different time.

We offer placements at both our St Pancras building in central London and our Boston Spa site near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Placements are available in a number of work areas of the Library but applications are to the placement programme, rather than to individual areas. However we will try to place applicants in areas that relate to their academic studies, interests or future plans; the application process gives you an opportunity to tell us about these.

Application process

*We are inviting applications between 12 February 2018 and 16 February 2018.*

Applications to the school work experience programme can only be made during the advertised application period.

This year, the application period will be live between 9:00am on 12 February and 5:00pm on 16 February during which time an application form will be made available on this page to complete and submit.

Please be aware that we have a limited number of placements available and applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis. We have received a high level of interest in the programme in previous years so you are advised to apply as early in the application period as possible. We would also advise you to look at other options as well as the British Library as we cannot guarantee a placement to all applicants.

If you have not heard within 2 weeks from 16 February then your application on this occasion has not been successful.

We look forward to hearing from you.