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

Duties:
  • pull library materials that meet bibliographical and physical criteria
  • move trays of books (up to 40lbs)
  • move library trucks (up to 500lbs)
  • assist in the physical processing of materials, including processing items using the Libraries management system
  • communicate with Operations Supervisor on problem resolution and outcomes
Requirements:
  • must be enrolled as a UofM undergraduate student for a minimum of 6 credits
  • be able to perform essential physical demands; includes but is not limited to:
    • frequent standing
    • walking
    • sitting
    • carrying
    • pushing, pulling
    • balancing/stooping/bending, and reaching
    • lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • be available to work in various campus library locations as assigned
Skills needed:
  • experience working in a library setting or using a library
  • basic office skills (filing, alphabetizing, sorting, accurate typing)
  • ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • attention to detail and high level of accuracy in an environment with repetitive tasks
  • ability to communicate well with both verbal and written skills
  • reliability and ability to work independently after initial training
  • ability to demonstrate problem-solving skills
How to apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and available work hours to Wendy Kieser (kiese003@umn.edu)

Location East Bank, West Bank, St. Paul as assigned
Building University Libraries as assigned
Department Collection Management and Preservation
Hours/week 10-12
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties:
  • receive shipped items on interlibrary loan systems
  • prepare items for shipping to borrowing libraries
  • check in interlibrary loan items returned from borrowing libraries
  • communicate problem materials to staff
  • assist delivery staff with sorting shipped materials
  • other duties as assigned
Requirements:
  • availability for at least three of these time slots:
    Monday/Tues/Thurs/Fri 4 PM - 8 PM. (Other or extended hours may be available)
  • current University of Minnesota student enrolled as undergraduate for 6 or more credits
Skills needed:
  • demonstrated ability to communicate well both verbally and written
  • basic office skills (filing, alphabetizing, sorting, accurate typing)
  • attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks
How to apply:

Email Philip Sites (sites012@umn.edu) with resume, fall class schedule and work availability. (Hours are dependent on workload and may vary)

Location West Bank
Building Elmer Andersen Library
Department Minitex
Hours/week 12-20, Minimum 12
Work study Preferred

Library assistant

Duties
  • process music materials (CDs, DVDs, and scores) into the library’s database
  • edit records for best searchability
  • additional tasks and projects as assigned
Requirements

Current student enrolled as undergraduate for at least 6 credits

Skills needed
  • background in, or proven familiarity, with classical music
  • familiarity with bibliographic details such as title, author, etc., as well as musical terms
  • familiarity with digital databases
  • familiarity with Google apps such as Docs, Drive, etc.
  • ability to work independently on focused projects
How to apply

Please email a cover letter, a resume, and hours of availability to David Lein at leinx037@umn.edu.

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Data Management and Access (DMA)
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Preferred

Student digital library assistant

Duties

Assist our digital photographer with post-scan editing, such as photo merging, cropping, and other general fixes as needed.

Requirements

Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota.

Skills needed
  • knowledge and experience using a flatbed scanner preferred
  • experience using photo editing software (such as Photoshop, Paint, Corel, etc.) preferred
How to apply

Email resume, cover letter, copy of your class schedule, and your work availability to Jennifer Claybourne (clayb004@umn.edu.

Location West Bank
Building Elmer L. Andersen Library
Department Digital Library Services
Hours/week 8-10
Work study None required

Student scanner

Duties
  • prepare items for digitization
  • digitize materials using scanning equipment
  • handle post-scan processes
Requirements

Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota.

Skills needed
  • knowledge and experience using a flatbed scanner preferred
  • experience using photo editing software (such as Photoshop, Paint, Corel, etc.) preferred
  • strong organizational skills
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • able to work independently, but also in a workflow with others
How to apply

Email resume, cover letter, copy of your class schedule, and your work availability to Jennifer Claybourne (clayb004@umn.edu.

Location West Bank
Building Elmer L. Andersen Library
Department Digital Library Services
Hours/week 10-20
Work study None required

Student library assistant

Duties
  • Get materials from the library's shelves,
  • check materials out and update interlibrary loan records,
  • scan articles and book chapters,
  • shelve books and materials,
  • other tasks as assigned.
Requirements
  • Enrolled as a University of Minnesota student for 6 or more credits,
  • ability to perform essential physical demands including but not limited to
    • sitting,
    • standing,
    • walking,
    • lifting,
    • pushing,
    • and carrying,
  • ability to lift/carry 5 to 25 pounds.
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail during repetitive tasks,
  • ability to work independently,
  • good verbal and written communication.
How to apply

E-mail Sally Dinsmore at fols0026@umn.edu with cover letter, resume, and work availability. (Length of shift may vary, based on workload).

Location Multiple
Building Multiple
Department Minitex
Hours/week 6 or more
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties
  • Process incoming ILL materials: attach ILL bookstrips to items, shelve items at Wilson Library, sort materials and prepare for shipping in campus mail
  • Process ILL returns: check-in and sort returned ILL materials, remove bookstrips and prepare materials for courier or postal shipment
  • Open up incoming packages in Wilson Shipping area
  • Data entry and scanning projects as needed
Requirements
  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled as undergraduate for 6 credits
  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (times are a little flexible)
  • Able to lift 30 lbs
  • Able to perform essential physical demands including, but is not limited to, frequent standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, balancing, stooping/bending, and reaching
Skills needed

Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks

How to apply

Email resume and fall 2019 hours of availability to Guy Peterson (pete2599@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery
Hours/week 12-20
Work study None required

Student library assistant

Duties
  • Typing work for processing interlibrary loan requests
  • Other duties as assigned
Requirements
  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled as undergraduate for 6 credits
  • Available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks
  • Adapt to changing work environment
  • Ability to work independently after training
How to apply

Email Alyssa Chermak at corco061@umn.edu with resume, cover letter, and work availability. (Hours are dependent on workload and may vary)

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Minitex
Hours/week 9-12
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties

Job duties include sorting, processing, labeling, and routing new library materials.

Requirements

Available to work most weekdays, preferably afternoons (no evening or weekend hours)

Skills needed
  • Basic office skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
How to apply

Email resume and fall 2019 hours of availability to Laurie Jedamus at l-jeda@umn.edu.

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Collection Management & Preservation
Hours/week 8-10
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties
  • Retrieval of materials from the library shelves at the Minneapolis Central Library
  • Processing and updating interlibrary loan requests
  • Typing work in the Minitex office at Wilson Library
  • Other duties as assigned
Requirements
  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled as undergraduate for 6 credits
  • Available Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Able to perform essential physical demands includes, but is not limited to frequent standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling balancing, stooping/bending, and reaching
  • Able to lift 5 to 25 lbs
Skills needed
  • Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks
  • Adapt to changing work environment
How to apply

Email Alyssa Chermak at corco061@umn.edu with resume, cover letter, and work availability. (Hours are dependent on workload and may vary)

Location Wilson Library and off campus
Building Wilson Library
Department Minitex
Hours/week 6-12
Work study Preferred

Student Libraries shipping assistant

Duties

This job includes delivering books, mail, and materials all over campus (both Minneapolis and St. Paul), throughout the University Libraries System.

Requirements
  • driving of University vehicles
  • valid drivers license
  • clean driving record
  • ability to lift and carry 70 lbs.
How to apply

Email a cover letter or resume, and your available start date/work hours to Brandon Hackbarth (hackb041@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department University Libraries Shipping
Hours/week Up to 25
Work study None

Student journalist

Duties

Writing articles and taking photos for the Libraries news blog

Skills needed
  • writing
  • photography
  • video production/editing a plus
How to apply

Send a letter of interest, including resume, to Mark Engebretson (enge@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Libraries Communications
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties
  • help users find maps, books, and aerial photos
  • assist with scanning and printing
  • shelve books
  • file maps and photos
  • check out/in material
  • answer phone
  • other projects as assigned
Requirements
  • able to work at least one shift per week starting at 8:45 a.m.
  • available to work at least 10 total hours per week between 8:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. (no evening or weekend hours)
Skills needed
  • customer service experience
  • attention to detail
  • able to work independently after training
  • able to lift up to 30 lbs and perform other essential physical tasks
How to apply:

Email resume and fall 2019 hours of availability to Dana Peterson (peter051@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department John R. Borchert Map Library
Hours/week 10+
Work study Preferred

Student media consultant

Duties
  • staffing the desk
  • checking out equipment
  • helping students with their media projects
Requirements

Ability to work at least one shift in our peak time, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (We also have Fridays, mornings, nights and weekends.)

Skills needed:
  • strong communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • desire to learn
  • technology problem-solving skills
How to apply

Visit the SMART media jobs site and follow the instructions there.

Location Multiple
Building Multiple
Department SMART Learning Commons
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Required
(check back in Aug/Sept. for non-work study)

Student library assistant

Duties
  • processing interlibrary lending requests received from other libraries
  • performing searches to determine ownership, availability, and location of requested materials
  • processing eJournal requests and delivering eJournal articles via Article Exchange or email
  • preparing pull slips for student assistants to use in searching for requested items
Requirements
  • availability between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • ability to work 10 - 15 hours per week in 3 or 4 hour blocks
  • enrollment as a student at the University of Minnesota with a minimum of 6 credits
Skills needed
  • ability to perform repetitive tasks, with attention to detail
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • good verbal and written communication
  • comfort with Windows OS computers
How to apply:

Email Mary Pukenis (puken002@umn.edu) with cover letter, class schedule, and resume. Resume must include hours of availability to be considered.

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Minitex
Hours/week Minimum 10
Work study Preferred

Student library assistant

Duties
  • preparing requests for processing
  • retrieving library materials for processing and shipping
  • scanning articles and book chapters for electronic delivery
  • recording statistics
  • reshelving materials
  • operating heavy machinery
  • other relevant tasks as assigned
Requirements
  • availability between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • ability to work 10 - 15 hours per week in 3 or 4 hour blocks
  • enrollment as a student at the University of Minnesota with a minimum of 6 credits
Skills needed
  • ability to perform repetitive tasks, with attention to detail
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • good verbal and written communication
  • ability to perform physical tasks, including lifting 5-50 lbs
How to apply:

Email Mary Pukenis (puken002@umn.edu) with cover letter, class schedule, and resume. Resume must include hours of availability to be considered.

Location Off campus
Building Printing Services (Como)
Department Minitex
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Preferred

Student archives assistant

Duties
  • monitoring researchers in reading room
  • photocopying
  • data entry
  • research
  • assessing collections of historical records (you could be one of first staff to look over collection and make decisions on what to keep)
Skills needed

We are looking for service-orientated individual with a desire to help others learn about history and work with primary sources in all topics and/or languages. We are looking for individual with problem-solving skills, multi-tasking, and ability to follow detailed instructions with consistent accuracy. Ability to read or speak a foreign language a plus.

How to apply

To apply please send cover letter, resume, and class scheudle to Mary Blissenbach (maryblis@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Elmer L. Andersen Library
Department Archives & Special Collections
Hours/week 10-15
Work study Required

SMART peer tutor

Duties

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

Requirements

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 smartlc@umn.edu with questions.

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

Student library assistant

Duties
  • sorting and shelving books in Wilson Library, including the Ames and East Asian Libraries
  • pulling requested materials
  • collection maintenance
  • other projects as needed

This position will eventually be trained on a desk and will provide circulation and reference assistance.

Skills needed

We will provide all job training, so no previous library experience is necessary. We are looking for somebody who is:

  • able to work independently
  • detail oriented
  • timely with communication
How to apply

Email resume, cover letter and hours of availability to Tinesha Muhammad (tmuhamma@umn.edu) and Ashley Merrill (kesxx023@umn.edu).

Location West Bank
Building Wilson Library
Department Access & information services
Hours/week Minimum 10
Work study None required