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, 2021.

Location Online and/or at various campus locations
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 Assistant Archivist

  • a variety of tasks comprise this position with room for advancement over time
  • monitor researchers in library reading rooms using materials by making sure set policies are enforced
  • learn and apply an understanding of searching the library website and Archives and Special Collections database for information to assist researchers
  • COVID precautions taken such as masks, plexiglass, physical distancing
  • service oriented individual with a desire to help others learn about history and work with historical documents on all topics and/or languages
  • ability to learn, then apply and communicate specialized procedures for Archives and Special Collections department regarding handling fragile books and historical documents
  • ability to serve and interact with customers and guests in a pleasant, accurate manner
  • willingness to act as part of service and security team in the library reading room: assist guests with a clear explanation of policies for using materials, observe guests to make sure that policies are followed and politely interact as needed, communicate with guests and library staff in timely and accurate manner
  • attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks such as data entry, photocopying, or filing with consistent accuracy
  • ability to complete tasks involving lifting, reaching, pushing or other physical demands
  • ability to lift up to 40 pounds with assistance
  • availability to work over the summer
  • available to work in shifts of 3-4 hours at a time, minimum 6-10 hours per week
  • current University of Minnesota student enrolled at least half-time (6 credits)
Skills needed
  • demonstrated problem-solving skills and multi-tasking
  • ability to follow detailed instructions with accuracy
  • demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff
  • demonstrated ability to communicate well with both verbal and written skills
  • ability to read or speak foreign language a plus
How to apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and semester schedule to Mary Blissenbach (

Location West Bank
Buildings Elmer Andersen Library
Department Archives and Special Collections
Hours/week 10-12 hours per week
Work study Preferred