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

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Memory Lab One-on-One

January 18, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Local History Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
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Do you have old family photos, film or videos that you would like to convert to a digital format?  Now you can for free at the library!  During this hour long session a librarian will help you use our conversion equipment.  Please reme...
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This event is in the "Kids" group.

Open Heart Kids Yoga

January 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
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Join us for a weekly yoga program! This four week series is best suited for children ages 3 - 9, but younger siblings are welcome! Registration is required. ...
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Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party

January 18, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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The 2020 Chinese New Year will start on Jan. 25 and last for 15 days. This is the year of the rat, the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. Join us at the Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party to make some traditional New Year decorations ...
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LEGO at the Library

January 18, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Other
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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...
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Martin Luther King Day Family Celebration

January 20, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
This celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will include books, singalongs, puppets, and a craft, as well as a unique drumming experience with special guest Aloja Airewele. Children, their families, and caregivers are invited to celebrate peace, coope...
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Makerspace OPEN HOURS

January 20, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
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Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...
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This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Kids Winter Crafternoon

January 20, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Kids and families are invited to an arts & crafts afternoon! The Library will offer a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. ...