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 for new civil service job postings by subscribing at https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/subscribe.

Career Opportunities

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

Upcoming Exams

When an exam notice is posted for a position which exists at the Library, we strongly encourage you to apply. Please take exams as they are offered even if there is not a current vacancy for the position for which you are taking the exam. Under civil service regulations, any future vacancy at the Library must be filled from a certified list consisting of those who have taken the exam and are eligible for appointment.

For more information, please visit https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org.

Continuous Recruitment

Continuous recruitment positions are those for which we continuously accept applications. Vacancies and the time frame during which applications are accepted will be listed under "Current Vacancies." 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.  
Full job description: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/502
Apply for this position: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies and then 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.  

Full job description:
https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/502

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 - https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/429
Senior Clerk - https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/708

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 - https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/447
Librarian II - https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/448
Librarian III - https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/449

Study Guides

Some study guides are posted on the Personnel Department web site http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel/guides. 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 https://csealearningcenter.org/booklets/catalog/index.php. Study guides may also be available in the library in the Test section. Please ask a staff person for assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Events

One-on-One Tech Help

September 20, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Registration
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Ages: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Description:
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...

NY Funders Alliance Meeting

September 20, 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Description
The NY Funders Alliance will hold a small (approximately 20 people) meeting for our members in the Tompkins County Region. ...

CUSLAR

September 20, 2018
4:00pm - 5:45pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Description:
Hola Amigos!  Spanish through Play Eight week class encouraging children love of language learning ...

Writing the Inside: A Writing Playshop

September 20, 2018
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Registration
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Writing, Classes and Workshops
Registration Required
Description:
Writing the Inside: A Writing Playshop Led by Victoria Boynton   In this series of three playshops, we will use flash writing to explore our mental/emotional lives—our insides. The form of flash* allows writers to treat complex content ...

Bring a Dem a Donut!!!!!!!!!

September 20, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Schwarz Jacobson Meeting Room
Description
The Democratic State Committee is reaching out to rural neighbors throughout Tompkins County to adopt a neighbor to come together to phone or participate in door knocking door to door. The project goal is strengthen the connections with rural neighbo...

Managing Community Growth Workshop

September 20, 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Description
This is a workshop co-sponsored by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, History Center, Historic Ithaca, City of Ithaca and Chamber of Commerce. ...

Digital Lab Open Hours

September 20, 2018
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, Technology Class
Description:
Tompkins County Public Library will be offering summer open lab hours in its digital lab, starting the second week of July.  Open lab hours will provide an opportunity for patrons to drop in and get help with their basic technology questions.&nb...