Library Employment

Library Employment

The library staff is made up of many different positions, from the people you see at the service desks to those who work behind the scenes getting the materials ready for the collection.


Any paid library job opening is listed at These positions are within Tompkins County civil service jurisdiction, and in most cases, require the applicant to take an exam.  

We do not distribute or accept applications here at TCPL. The entire application process is handled by the Tompkins County Personnel Department at

Please keep your application updated with the Personnel Department.

Current available postions

Currently there are no open positions.

Volunteer Opportunities

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


Here is a list of the most common positions available at TCPL: 


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.  

Full 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.  

Full job descriptions:
Clerk -
Senior Clerk -

Librarian I, II, and III

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.

Full job descriptions:
Librarian I -
Librarian II -
Librarian III -

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 Study guides may also be available in the library in the Test section. Please ask a staff person for assistance.

Upcoming Events

Game On!

April 23,
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Other
New for children and teens of all ages! We'll meet every Monday for board games, tabletop RPGs, card games and more. ...

One-on-One Tech Help

April 23,
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Ages: All Ages
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...


April 23,
4:30pm - 6:15pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library

Spanish Classes for Families - CUSLAR

April 23,
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Ages: Families
Program Type: Community Groups
Hola Amigos! Spanish through Play. Spanish classes for families with children 3 - 12 years old. For more information please visit ...
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited every Tuesday for early literacy-based stories, songs, finger plays and much more! After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

April 24,
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener -- a dog! Reading sessions will be held Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-s...