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 https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies. 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 https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org.
Please keep your application updated with the Personnel Department.
Current available postions
Currently there are no open positions.
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 - 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
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.
Current Vacancy List
Civil Service Examinations