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

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this summer at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favo...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Sketching in the Park

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Offsite
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Learn to draw from life - no experience necessary! Local artist Ten Van Winkle will lead weekly in-person, socially distant drawing classes. Registration not required but appreciated. Participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils, erasers...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Live Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Come Join other families and friends for songs, rhymes, activities, stories, and books at our monthly virtual live Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome!  Register...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Tom to learn how to navigate eBook or employment resources available through the library. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, the goal be to cover some of the following topics: Setting up t...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Swoosh! A grappling hook just barely misses your face as automata pirates make haste to board your rickety airship. What do you do?  TCPL is inviting teen patrons to a weekly in-person theatre of the mind D&D game. Each gam...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Offsite
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
As a part of this year's summer reading program, TCPL is inviting patrons to join us on a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens.  Patrons and library staff will meet at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, and will be led on the tour by garden staff...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
We're moving Baby Storytime outside!  Caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days we're unable to meet due to wea...