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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Student Library Assistant


Assist patrons at our busy service desk!

  • Answer phones
  • Search the library catalog and databases
  • Help users locate materials in the stacks.
  • Additional tasks include shelving books and journals, opening and closing the library, and other tasks as assigned.

Must be able to work Tuesdays 9am-2pm and Thursdays 645am-1pm.

How to apply

To apply, email the three items listed below to Melissa Aho (

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume, and
  3. Available hours (Must be able to work Tuesdays 9am-2pm and Thursdays 6:45am-1pm)
Location East Bank
Building Bio-Medical Library
Department Circulation
Hours/week 10+
Work study Preferred

Magrath Documents Library Assistant

  • Processing and inventory of collection
  • Shelving, sorting, and moving library material
  • Other miscellaneous duties assigned
  • Current University of Minnesota student
  • Basic office skills (filing, alphabetizing, sorting, accurate typing)
  • Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks
  • Physically capable of standing while working and pushing book carts, shelving and moving books
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
How to apply

Email your resume, cover letter, and hours of availability to Note the position is on the St. Paul campus so take account any travel time in figuring your availability.

Location St. Paul
Building Magrath Library
Department Research & Learning: Access & Info Services
Hours/week 10-20 (Scheduled M-F, 8:30-5:00)
Work study Preferred

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 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