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Mathematics Library

Open until 4pm - Full Hours /

Library Student Assistant Job Description

Assist with circulation desk, stacks maintenance and collection management operations.

Rate of pay: $15.00/hr (new hires)

Duties may include any of the following (see hiring supervisor for specific duties):

Circulation Desk

  • Check out and check in books, journals, reserve books and other library materials.
  • Process holds, recalls, renewals and other patron requests.
  • Sort books for shelving.
  • Answer basic informational, directional and library policy questions, help patrons locate materials in the stacks, provide basic copy machine assistance.
  • Assist with document delivery scanning and processing interlibrary loan, borrowdirect, and pick slip requests.
  • Assist with course reserve processing.
  • Answer phone calls, reply to e-mail directed to the circ desk.
  • Accept payments for book sale purchases; issue receipts for same.
  • Record and tally usage statistics and exit gate readings.
  • Search library catalog for patrons.
  • General office work (data entry, book repairs, searching stacks for items that need to be bound, and maintaining statistics).

Stacks Maintenance

  • Gather, sort and shelve books and journals.
  • Shelf-read the stacks and other collections for proper call number order.
  • Straighten the shelves of books, update aisle markers as needed, replace bookends.
  • Shift tight areas.
  • Search the stacks for books reported missing or billed for replacement.
  • Report maintenance or security problems (lights out, graffiti, broken furniture, stashed materials, food, etc.) to supervisor.


  • Perform complex library tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Help process journals to be sent for binding, check catalog records for accuracy and completeness, replace call number labels on books.
  • Assist with stack management special projects, identify books needing repair, assist with digital books service and document scanning.
  • Help troubleshoot public computers according to directions.
  • Assist with opening and closing procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.