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

Library Page

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:

Reports to Senior Library Clerk in the Access and Circulation Services Department

The Tompkins County Public Library is seeking an 18-hour-week, part-time Library Page to join the Access and Circulation Services Department. This position will work evenings and weekends shelving books and other library materials, and performing minor clerical tasks. The ideal candidate works well in a team environment, exhibits an attention to detail, and conveys a positive and energetic attitude. Physical condition is commensurate with the demands of the position. This includes bending and lifting objects such as books and supplies up to 20 pounds, or pushing carts of 50 pounds. The work requires no prior experience as employees are trained on the job. Hiring rate is $15.92 with benefits. Tompkins County Public Library is committed to equity and inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.
For a complete job description, please visit https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/post/3534.

Application deadline: February 26, 2020

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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Makerspace OPEN HOURS

February 17, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
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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Big Red Marching Band Instrument Petting Zoo

February 17, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: STEAM, Performance, Classes and Workshops, Music
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The Big Red Marching Band and the Tompkins Public Library are teaming up to hold a musical workshop for kids, tweens and teens where you'll get the chance to hear members of the band talk about their fun times and get some hands on experience with th...
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Tween Board Game Club

February 17, 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore and learn new board games each week with Michael Timonin, local board game aficionado! All kinds of great games to choose from! Put on your strategic thinking cap and join us! Feel free to join in a...
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Maker Mondays for Teens

February 17, 2020
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: STEAM
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Join us for a weekly maker session for teens. Every session will provide a short tutorial on 3D printing, laser cutting, or Arduino programming. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. ...
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Makerspace One-on-One

February 17, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 1
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What do you want to make? Library Assistant Josh will walk you through using one of our machines. Please see below for options. During these learning experiences, you may experiment with TCPL's raw materials free of cost. If you plan to make mu...
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Memory Lab One-on-One

February 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
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. Professional advi...
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Toddler & Preschool Storytime

February 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
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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. ...