James Ford Bell Library

Opportunities to Join the Bell Team


Thinking about volunteering? We’d love to talk to you about your interests and how they might fit our volunteer needs. To set up an appointment, contact Margaret Borg at 612-624-7040 or by e-mail: maborg@umn.edu

Examples of projects: archive processing, special event staffing, exhibits, mailings, special research projects.



Interns at the Bell Library exchange their time and effort for experience and learning opportunities. Each unpaid internship is tailored to the individual; we pair your needs and interests with ours. Interns must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students (at any institution worldwide) or must have graduated no more than one year prior to application. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Marguerite Ragnow at 612-624-6895 or by e-mail: ragn0001@umn.edu

OUR INTERNSHIP POSITIONS FOR 2014-2015 HAVE BEEN FILLED. Contact us beginning March 2015 for Summer 2015 internships.

Examples of projects: archives processing and finding aid creation, exhibits, subject bibliographies, special research projects.


Student Employment

Undergraduates are key members of the Bell Library staff. While students tend to continue their employment with the Bell throughout their college careers, we do hire 1-4 students each year due to graduation or internships. To discuss employment opportunities, contact Margaret Borg at 612-624-7040 or by e-mail: jfbell@umn.edu Note: We can only hire students with Work Study funding.

Students receive training in: customer service, rare materials handling, level one conservation techniques, MSAccess data entry, cradle copier operation, and general library procedures. Duties include: paging and re-shelving materials, level 1 materials conservation, peer reference, photocopying, exhibition assistance, and special projects.

Cook ExhibitCook Exhibit 2009
Volunteers, interns, and students all lend their creativity and hard work to Bell Library exhibits.
Jesuit ManuscriptJesuit Manuscript
Language skills often play a role in the type of internship project students undertake. Archival processing, translation, and research using manuscripts such as this one are common. Students with different skills might be trained in conservation or other other aspects of archival processing.

There's something for everyone at the Bell Library!

O. Meredith Wilson Library
309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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8:30am - 4:30pm
Weekends: Closed
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Phone: 612-624-1528
E-mail: jfbell@umn.edu
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