The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

Becoming a Member

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

The Alpine Club Library is seeking to appoint a Librarian from mid-January 2021, or as soon afterwards as possible. This post is central to the life of the Alpine Club, with the Librarian working closely with Club members, staff and visiting researchers interested in mountaineering, mountain culture and the mountain environment.

We wish to appoint a qualified, experienced, and welcoming librarian who is committed to reader services, as well as to curating the Club’s outstanding collection of antiquarian and modern books. The main purpose of the Librarian role is to take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Library, but also for its security and further development; working with the Honorary Librarian and the Council of Trustees.

We are looking for someone who is collaborative, who combines experience of traditional library services (running a reading room, reader services, overseeing the collections and making them accessible) with digital experience and competence (including knowledge of electronic resources and current library technology).

We aim to start the appointment process in 4 January 2021, so welcome applications before that date if possible. Applications should be sent electronically to the Hon. Librarian at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should be accompanied by a CV, contact details of two referees, and a letter stating why you are applying for this particular position and any interest or experience you may have in climbing, mountaineeringor alpinism.

Further particulars, including a detailed Job Description and Person Specification, can be found HERE 

The Alpine Club and Alpine Club Library

The Alpine Club is the world’s first mountaineering club, founded in 1857.  For over 160 years, Club members have been at the leading edge of mountaineering development and exploration worldwide. The Library is the custodian of the Club’s collections in Central London which comprises around 30,000 books, 40,000 photographs, 750 paintings, 300historical mountaineering artefacts and an extensive document archive.