Student job opportunities

Student employees play a vital role in keeping the library functional. Come join our team!

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 generally start at the University minimum wage.

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Student wage increase

Starting with the September 26 pay period, all student workers systemwide will move to a minimum wage of $15 an hour, reflected on the October 19 paycheck. Email the position supervisor with any questions or concerns.

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Archives Students Assistant


West Bank
Archives and Special Collections
Work study
Preferred, not required
Hourly pay

Job Duties

-Monitoring researchers in library reading room using special collections materials, making sure set policies are enforced to safeguard unique materials

-Welcome researchers and Communicate policies with them as needed

-Data entry of statistics and other data using Excel or other software

-Clerical tasks such as photocopying, staffing front desk, or inventorying collections of historical records

-Retrieving materials from underground secure storage area following set safety guidelines and procedures

-Handling and organizing archives and special collections materials, which are unique and valuable library materials that require strong attention to detail

-Support reference services through scanning and limited research

Skills Preferred


-Ability to demonstrate problem-solving skills and multi-tasking

-Ability to follow detailed instructions

-Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff

-Availability to work over the summer

-Available to work a minimum of 6-10 hours per week

-Interest in libraries and history



-Current University of Minnesota student enrolled at least half-time, with work study (undergraduate student 6 credits)

-Basic office skills (filing, alphabetizing, sorting, accurate typing)

-Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks

-Ability to learn, then apply, and communicate specialized Libraries procedures regarding handling fragile books and historical documents


Please send Resume, Cover Letter, availability of when you can work to Ryan Bean and Alex Bentley

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Peer Tutor


Saint Paul Campus, Magrath Library
SMART Learning Commons
8 to 12
Work study
Preferred, not required
Hourly pay

Job duties

Assist students through the peer consultation (tutoring) process by

  • establishing a rapport conducive to positive personal and professional interactions,  
  • respecting differences in background, opinion, ability, motivation, and desires,
  • supporting students in establishing challenging, yet attainable goals within and beyond the consultation­,
  • maintaining confidentiality of records, student grades, and other protected information,
  • attending and actively participate in scheduled training sessions and staff meetings,
  • accurately recording consultation proceedings and submitting required documentation on established schedule,
  • representing Learning Support / SMART Learning Commons effectively and positively, and
  • other duties as assigned.


Peer tutors must maintain a minimum 3.2 overall grade point average. Additionally, successful completion of the course(s) to be tutored - defined as having earned no lower than a grade of “A” (or demonstrated equivalent competency) - is required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also essential for this position.

Must hold a minimum of 6 credits to qualify for student employment

Skills preferred

Prior tutoring experience.

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Student Library Shipping Assistant


West Bank, Wilson Library
Library Facilities & Operations Management
20+ hours a week
Work study
Not required
Hourly pay

Job duties

This position includes delivering books, mail, and materials
all over campus (both Minneapolis and St. Paul) throughout the University
Libraries system. You will

  • assist library units with daily shipping and mailing needs,
  • receive incoming shipments,
  • sort and deliver mail and materials,
  • assist with various projects transporting materials between library locations.


  • ability to drive University vehicles,
  • valid driver's license,
  • clean driving record,
  • ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • be available to work in shifts of 3-4 hours at a time.

Skills needed

  • strong data entry skills,
  • attention to detail,
  • strong interpersonal communication skills,
  • strong problem solving skills,
  • ability to multitask.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and semester schedule to Brandon Hackbarth (

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