Student Employment in the Library
The Library employs approximately 300 undergraduates each academic year, in units within Firestone Library or one of the branch libraries.
Types of jobs: There are a variety of positions ranging from entry-level positions doing shelving and photocopying to higher-level positions utilizing computer skills, subject expertise, and/or the ability to read a foreign language. Some positions will be behind-the-scenes; other jobs will involve dealing with the public.
Working positions: In positions designated as "working" the student is assigned active tasks for the duration of the work session, although in some instances a limited amount of time may be available for study. Working positions are paid at higher rates than sitting positions.
Sitting positions: In positions designated as "sitting" the student may be assigned up to 50% of time in active tasks and the remaining time is available for study. These positions are typically at circulation or information service points in branch libraries. The pay rate is lower than for working positions, and these positions are available only to Princeton students.
Hours: Some positions require students to work during day hours, Monday through Friday. Other positions involve evening and/or weekend hours. Some have very flexible hours; others will require the student to keep to whatever schedule is established.
Experience and promotions: Experienced workers are usually more valuable to the library system. Therefore, preference in hiring is frequently given to first- and second-year Princeton students who will be able to work for three or four years. Students exhibiting proficiency in their work and qualities of leadership may be promoted to supervisory positions in certain units in the library.
How to apply: The library offers a wide range of positions and shifts. Follow the steps below to be considered for a student library position.
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