Bookseller – Christmas Temp (Part-Time)

We are pleased to announce that we are looking for a friendly, organised and enthusiastic booksellers to join our team at Reading Roots Bookshop.

We’re looking for people that love books and enjoy talking about them too! As a community bookshop, it is essential that any new team members are prepared to have plenty of natters about books, authors, adventures, and everything in-between! Good research skills would be an asset (some books can be tricky to track down) and you may need to be fairly flexible as this new business finds its feet in our town.

We would ideally like someone who has some retail experience and is familiar with modern till systems. Full training will be given, but some tech knowledge would greatly help as the tills often have a mind of their own!

It is a part-time roles that would roughly have between 3.5 to 12 hours a week. The shifts available would be 10am-1.30pm, and 1.30pm-5pm. We estimate that you would have two or three shifts a week, Monday to Saturday. We are more than happy to discuss your circumstances and any restrictions that you may have regarding shift hours.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Bookselling: serving customers at the till, taking orders, recommending books, organising shelves, and helping to keep the premises clean, tidy, and safe for staff and customers (including upstairs spaces).
  • Using Gardlink to place orders, stock new titles, and research.
  • Answering emails and customer queries
  • Process deliveries and returns.
  • Picking and packing web orders.
  • Providing some content for newsletters and social media.
  • Selling gift vouchers and national book tokens.
  • Creating displays in the shop and windows.
  • Assistance in setting up events i.e. author talks/signings etc

This is a creative role which can be expanded to incorporate the interests of the successful candidate within any aspect of bookselling and retail. The applicant will need to be confident in working by themselves (the shop is quite small so if often a one-person shift!)

It is often quite a physical role, with hours standing up and heavy boxes of books to lift and move.

Salary: £8.91/ph (+ staff discount on books and shop stock).

Please apply by emailing us your CV and covering letter (please also tell us your top three books that you’ve enjoyed, and your most recent read) to: with ‘Bookseller Application’ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 24th September 2021

Start Date: Immediate