Work for the University Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries hires hundreds of students in many types of jobs all over campus. Whether you enjoy working with books, people, technology, or all of the above, a job in the Libraries can help prepare you for success. Check out our jobs listed below.
All are welcome at the University Libraries! We are committed to being a safe, open environment, for learners and employees alike. Our student job pay rates start at the University minimum wage and are dependent on qualifications.

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Peer Research Consultant

  • consult one-on-one with undergraduate students to support their library research
  • prepare feedback on research strategies
  • help students identify the appropriate research resources (databases, guides, etc.) needed to successfully complete their research assignments
  • guide students through the various faculty-sponsored research opportunities available on campus, including locating faculty, investigating past projects, and how to apply
  • must have successfully completed Writing 1301/1401 or equivalent with a B or higher grade
  • experience working in a diverse setting
  • effective communication skills and interpersonal skills as relevant to working with individuals and small groups in academic support at the University of Minnesota
  • acceptance and current enrollment at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate student.
Skills needed
  • ability to work independently
  • strong writing and speaking skills
  • experience with email communications and Google Docs
How to apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and faculty/mentor/instructor reference to Andrew Palahniuk ( Position starts Fall Semester, 2020.

Location Various campus locations, online
Buildings Walter Library, Wilson Library, Appleby Hall, Health Sciences Library
Department University Libraries and SMART Learning Commons
Hours/week up to 10
Work study Not Required

Student research data collector

  • collect data related to a research project looking at historical scientific research data
  • examine pre-selected collections of life-sciences-related materials online or in print to look for reusable, raw, scientific data
  • use an inventory form to record the presence/absence of data and describe a collection’s contents
  • convert analog data to a digital format, using proper protocols
  • using identified and pre-selected categories, describe research data with proper metadata
  • current student in science, technology, engineering or health sciences or related field
  • successfully completed science coursework beyond the 1000 level
  • overall GPA of 3.0 or above
Skills needed
  • attention to detail
  • strong writing and speaking skills
  • experience with spreadsheets and working with cloud-based tools
How to apply

Email a cover letter and resume to Julie Kelly (

Location St. Paul
Building Online or Hodson Hall (when campus re-opens)
Department Natural Resources Library
Hours/week 10-30
Work study Not Required