Erasmus scheme

Placements for 2019 are now closed. We are currently considering our options for running a programme in 2020.

The University libraries of Sheffield and York, as part of the White Rose collaboration, provide a joint Erasmus programme for individuals looking to enrich their knowledge and gain experience of library and archive practices in the UK.


The programme

We run a fixed placement week each academic year, in the summer term. This joint programme offers the unique opportunity to experience library work across two different institutions. You will spend three days at one institution, and two days at the other.

The placement will give you insight into key areas of activity around collection management/development  (including digital services and technology), academic services (relationships within the academic community and how libraries support teaching and research activities), customer services and archives and special collections activity. You will experience how these activities are handled across the two different universities and where there are similarities and differences in structure and processes.

You will be asked to give a short ten-minute presentation (verbal or using formal presentation facilities) midway through your placement to a small audience of library & archives staff. This can be on a specific area of interest to you, sharing your knowledge and experience of how specific activities/projects are handled, or can be based around what you have learnt from your placement.

You can request, in advance, an ‘option session’. This will take place midway through your placement, and provides an opportunity for you to spend half a day in a more detailed session, focused around your specific area of interest. This option session will be organised and tailored per individual.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation for all placements, including travel between the two institutions, is expected to be self-funded and should be arranged by individuals, although the contacts at York and Sheffield can make recommendations as to suitable locations and advise on travel times and expenses.

How to apply

Email the coordinator for the placement week that you are interested in (see below). Please include:

  1. Your name and institution
  2. The reason for your application
  3. Whether funding has been agreed or not
  4. A copy of your up-to-date CV
  5. An indication of your preferred area of activity for your ‘option’ session midway through your placement.

The placement coordinator will reply to your email, and will confirm whether or not you have been accepted on the programme. They can liaise with you to provide a letter of invitation and signed Erasmus agreement if required.

Nearer to the date of your placement, you will be contacted again to reconfirm your visit and share the final details of the programme.

Placements in 2019: 

We now have the White Rose Libraries Erasmus Placement week finalised for 2019. It is confirmed as: