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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Current openings

Student Archives Assistant

  • Monitoring researchers in reading room
  • Photocopying
  • Data entry
  • Research
  • Assessing collections of historical records
  • Position could be one of the first staff to look over collection and make decisions on what to keep.
  • Current registered student
  • Available and eligible to work Spring 2020 and Summer 2020
Skills needed:
  • Service-orientated individual with a desire to help others learn about history and work with primary sources in all topics and/or languages.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions with consistent accuracy
  • Ability to read or speak a foreign language a plus.
How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and class schedule to Mary Blissenbach (

Location West Bank
Building Elmer Andersen Library
Department Archives and Special Collections
Hours/week 10-15
Work study 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 Hodson Hall
Department Natural Resources Library
Hours/week 10-20
Work study Not Required

SMART peer tutor


Peer tutors support students in hundreds of courses including PHYS, MATH, CHEM, ECON, writing, and many more.


Minimum 3.2 GPA (3.5 GPA recommended). Grade of "A" in the course(s) in which you hope to specialize/tutor.

How to apply

To apply, visit the SMART Learning Commons website for instructions. Contact with questions.

Location Multiple
Building Multiple
Department SMART
Hours/week 8-12
Work study Preferred