Library Employment

Library Employment

We are seeking talented, creative, and forward-thinking individuals to become part of the Tompkins County Public Library team, dedicated to creating a library where everyone belongs.

Compensated positions at Tompkins County Public Library are civil service positions and are supported by our local civil service agency, Tompkins County Department of Human Resources, who accepts applications, conducts civil service examinations and provides lists of eligible candidates to the Library. All professional and support positions require applicants to take a written exam or a training and experience exam except for the library page position. When a vacancy occurs at the Library, a list of eligible, qualified candidates is provided to us, or a vacancy will be posted so that interested candidates may apply to take the exam when available so that a list can be established. When no list exists, the Library may hire on a temporary or provisional basis. This can be a lengthy process.  For more information on the civil service process, please visit the Tompkins County Human Resources Department website.

You can opt to receive email notifications from Tompkins County about new civil service job postings.

Career Opportunities

Currently there are no positions vacant for which a list hasn't already been established.

Continuous Recruitment

Continuous recruitment positions are those for which we continuously accept applications. When a vacancy occurs we will review the applications on file to fill the position. Below are those positions that are continuous recruitment:

Library Page

Page work involves the shelving of books and library materials and performing minor clerical tasks. This position requires no prior experience as employees are trained on the job, and no exam is required.  
Library Page job description
Apply for the library page position. Scroll down the page until you see "Page." Although this position appears on the "Current Vacancy Lists" page, it doesn't mean the library currently has an opening, but that we are always accepting applications for this position. 

Most Common Positions at TCPL

Library Page

Page work involves shelving of books and library materials and performing minor clerical tasks. This position requires no prior experience as employees are trained on the job, and no exam is required.  

Library Page job description

Clerk and Senior Clerk

Many of the clerk positions are customer service jobs assisting patrons at the front circulation desk. Clerks register people for library cards, check materials in and out, and handle accounts. Clerks also process materials and handle ordering and receiving of materials. Senior Clerks have additional responsibilities including supervising services and staff.

Library Clerk Job description
Senior Library Clerk job description

Librarian I, II, and III

Librarian positions include purchasing the materials and curating the collection, answering reference questions, managing projects and staff, maintaining the Library's electronic presence, and participating in outreach services.All librarian positions require a Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) or a Master's of Science in Information Science (MSIS) from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department.

Librarian I job description
Librarian II job description
Librarian III job description

Study Guides

Some study guides are posted on the Personnel Department web site. Others can be ordered from the LEAP program of the Civil Service Employee Association; order forms are available from the Tompkins County Personnel Office or online at the Civil Service Employees Association website.

Study guides may also be available in the library in the Test section under the subject heading Civil service -- Examinations. Please ask a staff person for assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in unpaid volunteer work, please take a look at our volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Events

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This interactive virtual webinar shares 4 strategies families can use to create the next new normal  In our time together, parents and caregivers will: Learn self-care tips that add no time to the day Find authentic direction as a fam...
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Join us at this community meeting to build local capacity to provide a restorative justice process similar to the one used in Buffalo with the local mediation center, Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) and a community RJ coalition.&nbs...
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Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
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Age Group: Adults
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When someone under the age of 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer's or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial.  This program will address the benefit of early diagnosis, genetic links, employment issues, lega...
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Meghan to learn about research methods and resources for your genealogy or local history project. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can review topics such as: How to use HeritageQuest....
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Break for Movies

12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Join us to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Joyce to help you find your next great book. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can talk about the 5 "Ws" of finding a good book for you: Who are your favorite authors? What books h...
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Reserve a 30 minute virtual appointment with Librarian Assistant Josh for a tutorial on one of the following software programs: Inkscape (Free and open-source vector graphics editor that can be used for preparing designs for laser cut...