The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Working & Volunteering

Head of Collections

Permanent, full-time post based in Central London, WC1

The Wiener Library is Britain’s largest archive on the Holocaust and Nazi era and modern genocide. Founded in 1933 in Amsterdam the Library’s holdings span all types of resources, focusing on the Holocaust, its causes and consequences. The collections are continuing to grow through donations and acquisitions.

In the past five years the Library has undergone major transformation and expansion. Our digital collections have grown dramatically and our outreach and research activities have also expanded. The Head of Collections will provide a strategic vision in a role where digital technology, digitised archive materials, web and social media marketing and outreach and research activities are closely integrated with collections work.  

The strategic goal of The Wiener Library is to serve as Britain’s Holocaust Archive. This means that the collections of the Library must be developed in such a way as to promote the institution’s reputation as the nation’s premier specialist collection for research and learning about the Holocaust and other genocides. The Library’s Head of Collections will need to support, sustain and shape the growth of the Library’s collections accordingly, both physical and digital.

Organisational relationships

The Head of Collections reports to the Director of The Wiener Library. Together with the Director and the Heads of Digital and Research, the Head of Collections forms part of the Senior Management Team (SMT). The Head of Collections leads the Library’s team of professional Librarians and Archivists.

Main objective of the post

The Head of Collections is responsible for the management, development and preservation of all collections at the Wiener Library and making the collections accessible to readers. 

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to: 

Ben Barkow

The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP or

The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 June 2017. Applications must be received by 5.30pm.

For an informal talk about this position, please contact Ben Barkow, Director, on 020 7636 7247 or

Head of Collections - job description

 Volunteering Opportunities

The Wiener Library has a strong tradition of working with volunteers. Our volunteers are vitally important to us as an organisation and we could not achieve what we do without them. 

Our roles offer people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the chance to gain new skills and knowledge. Many of our volunteering roles, including social media assistants, bloggers and event assistants, are designed to be flexible and fit around your studies, training or job, making them ideal for younger volunteers. All of our roles allow volunteers the chance to gain experience in many aspects of Library life.  

If you would like to find out more about what different volunteering roles at the Library involve, and the kinds of skills that you can acquire through volunteering at the Library, please read through the role descriptions below.

We are currently recruiting for the following volunteering roles:

Book Reviewer (by application only)
Events Assistant
Social Media Assistant
Tour Guide (by application only)
Translators of German to English
Short Work Placements

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Sidebotham at to register your interest for any of these roles.


We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Bloggers to contribute regularly to The Wiener Library Blog by writing articles about significant anniversaries, Library events, reviews of books/films or current issues relating to the Library.

Blogger Role Description

Book Reviewers

We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Book Reviewers. Due to the academic qualifications required for the role we are recruiting by application.

Volunteer Book Reviewer Role Description

Events Assistant

We are looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to help set up and welcome visitors at the Library’s programmed events.

Events Assistant Role Description


The Wiener Library is looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to photograph some of the Library’s events and items from our collection as required. 

Photographer Role Description

Social Media Assistant

We are currently recruiting for motivated and committed volunteers to help us put together content for our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeInstagram), with a primary focus on Twitter. 

Social Media Assistant Role Description

Tour Guides

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic volunteers to guide members of the public round the Library’s basement archives. 

Volunteer Tour Guide Role Description


We are particularly looking for volunteers who are fluent in German, but welcome volunteers fluent in other languages represented in our collections as well including Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew. You will be translating PDFs of the Library’s original collections into English.

What skills and experience will you gain?

  • Developing your written language skills and translation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Working to a deadline
  • Knowledge of the Library's unique collections

Translation experience desirable but not essential.

If you are interested in becoming a translation volunteer, please read the Volunteer Translator Pack below before completing and returning the Volunteer Form to

Volunteer Translator Pack

Short Work Placements

The Wiener Library welcomes requests to undertake short-term work placements or work experience projects of up to two weeks. We currently have a waiting list for these short-term placements; for more information and to register your interest, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Sidebotham at