How do students apply for a job at the Library?


The CIIS Library is not currently hiring Student Library Assistants. If you are interested in being considered in the future, please review the job description and email your application to or bring printed materials to the Library.

Applications must include availability (please list the days of the week and times) and résumé.

Salary rate:  $18.67 per hour beginning July 1, 2024.

Hours: Average 4-16 hours per week (potentially more hours in summer and/or semester breaks), no more than 20 hours per week.

Must be eligible to work on campus and qualify for work-study:

    • Domestic students on financial aid should have “Federal Work Study” present in their award letters. Must have filed FAFSA ( to qualify.

    • International students successfully maintaining their F-1 student visa status are eligible to work on campus. Please visit the international students’ pages of the CIIS website for information about the F-1 regulations regarding employment and maintaining your visa status. Questions may be directed to the International Student Advisor.

    • New students may not begin employment until they are fully admitted, enrolled and have started attending classes.


General Description:

Student Library Assistants are responsible for basic and essential functions to keep the CIIS Library running. This position currently reports to the Circulation Supervisor/Library Office Manager.

Hours and times:

Between 4 -16 hours per week, during hours the Library is open, as needed to cover Circulation Desk operations. Exact hours are somewhat flexible but students must be available for complete shifts assigned during hours the Library operates (typically 10-6pm M-F, 12-5pm Sa during Fall & Spring semesters).  Additionally student workers must be available for scheduled circulation trainings or meetings, or plan time to be updated on missed information.

To apply:

Submit required information to the Library Office, 2nd Floor, 1453 Mission St, or by email to

Primary responsibilities at the Circulation desk:

  1. Handling regular circulation desk duties, such as opening and closing, circulation of material both charge out, check in, answering phone and in person patron queries, etc.
  2. Responding to patron queries about material availability, holds, renewals, explaining the Library catalog and webpage, preparing books for shelving, and shelving, referring policy and/or reference questions to a Reference librarian, or manager as appropriate.
  3. Check materials for damage before checkout, and note damage to Library materials at check-out and check-in.
  4. Monitoring student study room bookings.
  5. Carefully adhering to cash-handling guidelines for fees received by the library.
  6. Being the primary point of contact for the library and presenting the library staff, services, resources in the best light including the maintenance of the space, and an atmosphere conducive to work.

Maintaining library collections and equipment:

  1. When opening or closing the library, assuring order and appearance of the reception and reading areas and making sure all necessary materials and equipment are available, clean, set up, and working correctly.
  2. Assisting library patrons with printing/scanning/copying.
  3. Reporting (or handling, when appropriate) any technical problems that arise with the copier, printer, computer equipment, security gates, etc. All tickets for service on equipment should be communicated with Library staff and appropriate signage posted.
  4. Shelving books, journals, audiovisual materials, etc., according to correct library classification.
  5. On a regular basis, performing shelf-reading on assigned sections of the collection, to insure that complex classification order has been followed and that materials are in their correct shelf location and to identify worn or damaged materials for repair or replacement.

Other duties:

  1. Assisting with library tasks (e.g., paging, collecting materials for interlibrary and distance lending, serials processing, verifying library holdings for book purchase, scanning as needed, and upon request – helping with processing duties for gift books, repairs, serials, inter-library loan, and other duties and projects as assigned.
  2. Providing links to online library resources, databases, books and journal articles as required, in support of reserve requests as well as processing physical materials for reserve.
  3. Helping with special Library projects (examples being inventory, bindery, etc.), when they are periodically done

Required skills and abilities:

  • Proven ability with public services or customer service (working with people; desire to help yet comfortable with setting boundaries)
  • Precision and attention to detail; ability to follow directions closely
  • Familiarity with computers, and comfort with learning computerized systems
  • Familiarity with forms of organization for library materials (alphabetization, call numbers, etc.)
  • Work well in an team setting and on your own
  • Some manual dexterity required, ability to shelve books and to push/pull book carts
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Upon hiring - required Library training.  


  • Last Updated May 24, 2024
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  • Answered By David Chou

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