About Pusey House Library
Pusey House was founded in 1884 as a monument to the life and work of Dr. Edward Bouverie Pusey (1880-1882), Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. The House supports the work of the University of Oxford by providing a chaplaincy together with a theology library of 80,000 volumes.
The Library and Archive consists of both special collections (early printing, specialised books and modern manuscripts) and a working academic library. We are becoming an increasingly popular study space for students of the University of Oxford, and for people studying theology by distance learning at other institutions. Our archives are used by professional historians and theologians from across the world, and the library is now open 12 months a year to facilitate their research visits.
Traditionally, although summer is the most popular time for overseas scholars to make research visits, Pusey House Library has been closed for most of July, August and September due to staff and volunteer shortages. Last year for the first time in its 125 year history, the library remained opened part-time throughout the summer. This year, we want to be open full time throughout the vacation. But we need more hands on deck.
We are closely associated with the University of Oxford, but we are a small stand-alone institution which does not receive University funding. There are only 3 full time members of staff, who in term time are supported by excellent pastoral interns and some great volunteers. However, during the summer vacation, staff and volunteers can be somewhat scarce.
Oxford University Careers Service runs an intership programme http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/about-our-internships/ for people studying at Oxford. Their placements enable students to explore future career options and to gain valuable work experience, and while enabling organisations to build links with the University and to work on projects which are beyond the capacity of regular staffing levels.
Our intern will work on a designated project to create scanned images of the library’s card catalogue which will form a valuable backup of information about the library, and provide interim electronic records while full cataloguing of the collections takes place over the next few years. In addition to the project, the intern will take part in the day to day running of the library including reading room cover, preparing archives for use by readers and helping with enquiries. They will also get the chance to visit other libraries and archives in Oxford to provide a broad overview of work in the information sector.
How you can help
As a registered charity, Pusey House could get away with offering an unsupported internship. However, we want to be good employers, and are offering payment in kind by providing in-house accommodation and living expenses. We have the accommodation, but we need your help to provide living expenses to cover food, travel, and other incidental costs, which will bring the value of the internship up to the national living wage.
Donate as much or as little as you like, but here are some suggested amounts:
- £3 will pay expenses for 1 hour
- £20 will take care of a whole day
- £50 will cover costs for half a week
Check out our website http://www.puseyhouse.org.uk/ to find out more.