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University of Bath

Ms Kate Robinson University Librarian

Leading the Library service in providing access to the world’s knowledge through excellent services, 24/7, for the advancement of education and research at Bath


Kate Robinson was appointed University Librarian in 2012.

She leads the Library service its goals to:

  • Understand, anticipate and support the information needs of the University community.
  • Collect materials and enhance services and systems to make quality information readily available and accessible.
  • Provide advocacy, expert advice and teaching in discovering and exploiting information sources.
  • Provide systems, expertise and support in research analytics and the open publishing of research output.
  • Deliver a technologically-rich study environment conducive to quiet concentration or collective working.

From 1st April – 30th September 2024 Kate is on Sabbatical leave.

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  • Chair of CILIP's Board of Trustees
  • Past President of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) 2022
  • Member of the Executive Board of Directors of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of CILIP


Kate has worked in libraries since the 1980s; contributing to a range of sectors including public libraries, private members’ libraries and the advertising industry. She was a lecturer, dissertation supervisor and unit organiser for the Information and Library Management MSc at both Bristol University and UWE, Chair of Governors for a local 1st School for many years and served as a Magistrate until 2012. She is committed to developing skills and professionalism and led CILIP’s Review of Professional Registration in 2020.


A Theology graduate from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Library & Information Studies, Kate’s interests are user focussed and she particularly enjoys collaborative projects which exploit new ideas and new technologies.