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

Youth Services Librarian/Kids Discover the Trail Coordinator (Part-Time)

Application Deadline:
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Address:

Tompkins County Department of Human Resources
125 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

Brief Job Description:

Join the dynamic and growing Youth Services department at Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) located in downtown Ithaca, NY! This 20-hour-per-week position is at a Librarian I level and is part of the Tompkins County Civil Service system. Our department includes a staff of 2 full-time librarians, 4 part-time librarians and 2 library assistants and is an integral part of the library as a whole, which has 43.5 FTE staff members. Main duties include being the Kids Discover the Trail (KDT) Coordinator for TCPL which involves planning and implementing a class visit program for all the Kindergarteners in the Ithaca City and Trumansburg School Districts - over 550 students a year! What better way to reach so many young children to introduce the wonders of the public library! The Coordinator is also expected to attend KDT program meetings and events. Find more information about the program on TCPL's KDT page. During the spring and summer months, this position will assist with our annual Summer Reading Program reaching out to the community at large during outreach visits and programs. This position will also handle some collection development responsibilities for the Youth Services department. As with all Youth Services staff, this position will help to staff the Youth Services desk as well as the newly-created Teen Center, providing reference assistance to our diverse and enthusiastic community of children, teens, and their families. Other programming, reference, or collection duties may be assigned. Position may include evening and weekend hours.

This position works evenings and weekends as part of the regular work week. Hiring rate is $27.21/hour, working rate of $28.60/hour after 6 months of continuous employment. This position includes health insurance and participates in the New York State & Local Retirement System. Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the position, please contact the Head of Youth Services, Sarah O'Shea, at soshea@tcpl.org or 607-272-4557 x255. View the complete job description here. For additional information on Civil Service please visit the Tompkins County personnel page.  

Join our energetic and passionate team!

We are anticipating the exam for this position to be available Fall 2018.  Apply now to qualify and to be notified when the exam is available!

Community Engagement & Outreach Services Librarian I (Full-Time)

Application Deadline:
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Address:

Tompkins County Department of Human Resources
125 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

Brief Job Description:

Join the Information and Learning Services department at Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) located in downtown Ithaca, NY! This 35 hour-per-week position is at a Librarian I level and is part of the Tompkins County Civil Service system. Our department includes a staff of 4 full-time librarians- and 2 library assistants and is an integral part of the library as a whole, which has 43.5 FTE staff members.

Your role will be to develop and implement library programs and services for adults both within and outside the library that celebrate ideas, promote creativity, connect people and enrich lives.

The Community Engagement/Outreach Services Librarian will develop and maintain community partnerships, identify opportunities for library participation in local community events. The Community Engagement/Outreach Services Librarian will respond to the evolving needs and interests of our communities by developing and supporting programs and activities that promote civic engagement and community building.

This position will also assist with Information and Learning Services desk, providing reference, readers' advisory, computer, database and referral services to Library patrons directly, and by telephone; and assisting patrons in material selection. This position will assist with collection development responsibilities for the Adult Non-Fiction collection, including selection and maintenance.

This position works evenings and weekends as part of the regular work week. Hiring rate is $27.21/hour, working rate of $28.60/hour after 6 months of continuous employment. This position includes health insurance and participates in the New York State & Local Retirement System. Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the position, please contact the Head of Information and Learning Services, Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org or 607-272-4557 x272. View the complete job description here. For additional information on Civil Service please visit the Tompkins County personnel page.

Join our energetic and passionate team!

We are anticipating the exam for this position to be available Fall 2018. Apply now to qualify and to be notified when the exam is available!

Upcoming Exams

Currently there are no scheduled exams for positions at Tompkins County Public Library.

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/apply/3534

Librarian I

All entry-level 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 description: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/job/447
Apply for this position: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/apply/2895

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

July 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
Description:
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...

Summer Baby Storytime

July 20, 2018
10:30am - 12:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
Description:
Caregivers and newborns up to 24 months are invited for music, rhymes, movement and books. After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...

Comic Creation Workshop Series

July 20, 2018
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Ages: Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
Description:
Local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will be on site in the Digital Lab each week to help you create your own comics. Learn how to use the skills you already have to tell stories with art. Attendance at all classes is not required but each week par...

Summer Family Storytime

July 21, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
Description:
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early-literacy skills at Summer Family Storytime. We meet each Saturday for stories, songs and family fun. ...

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group

July 21, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Description:
This weekly group is intended for adults interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons who have RSVPed to rachel.e.hadley@gmail.com. Minors are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. Contact Rachel for more information or to reserve a spot. ...

Adult Board Game Club

July 21, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Description:
Adults are invited to join our weekly board game club! Bring a favorite game or play one that's on hand.   ...

LEGO at the Library

July 21, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Other
Description:
Children are invited to attend this weekly LEGO® brick building program. 'LEGO at the Library' encourages children to use their imaginations or LEGO books from the TCPL collection to create their own LEGO art! The Library will provide LEGO bricks, an...