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 Library Assistant I

  • Enter print Serials using Alma cloud-based system
  • verify/update records in Alma
  • Create item records
  • Daily open and sort mail
  • Other tasks as assigned
  • Must be able to work in the Summer
  • Available to work 10:00am-12:00PM (Monday-Friday)
  • Must work at least 15 hours per week
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail and high level of data entry accuracy
  • Ability to work independently after initial training
How to apply

*Attach resume and available hours to work in an email to

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Acquisition & E-Resource Management
Hours/week 15
Work study Not required

Student Library Assistant II

  • High accuracy data entry
  • Verify/update records using ALMA and other library databases
  • Create item records Customer service at library service points
  • Claim library materials Search library and vendor additional databases
  • Sorting and arranging while applying different criteria to different projects
  • Following directions of professional staff
  • Independent decision making required for situations where guidelines and procedures are not available
  • Must work at least 15 hours per week
  • Must be able to work in the Summer
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail and high level of data entry accuracy
  • Must be able to read and write Chinese
How to apply

E-mail resume to

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Acquisition E-Resource Management
Hours/week 14-15 hours per week
Work study No Work Study Requirement

Google student library assistant

  • Pull items from University Libraries collections to be shipped to Google for digitization
  • Assist the processing of materials, using the Libraries management system, processing paperwork, and packaging and shipping the carts
  • Basic data entry and records maintenance
  • Communicate with supervisor on problem resolution and outcomes
  • Other unit related tasks and projects as assigned
  • Must be a current undergrad at the UofM.
  • Must be able to perform essential physical tasks such as pulling, pushing, and lifting, etc.
  • With assistance, must be able to push carts weighing up to 500 lbs.
  • Basic office skills (filing, alphabetizing, sorting, accurate typing).
  • Ability and willingness to work across all campuses and in different library collections with travel time compensated.
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail,
  • willingness and ability to adapt to changing work environments,
  • ability to work independently,
  • familiar with library catalog and call numbers.
How to apply

Email Tang Vang at with a resume, availability, and a cover letter.

Location Multiple
Building Wilson Library and others
Department Collections Management and Preservation
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Preferred

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