Library Assistant V - Columbia University Libraries

Posted on November 13, 2018


Columbia University Libraries seek a motivated and patron-oriented Library Assistant V for the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries


Duties include but are not limited to: monitoring the entrance and assisting patrons who have problems w/ library security equipment; assisting patrons with disabilities, performing opening and closing routines and all routine circulation transactions; answering directional, informational and front line reference questions from patrons and referring patrons to supervisory or professional staff according to stated guidelines; monitoring and responding to email; processing reserve items; processing items from offsite facility and incoming mail; assisting patrons with library technology (Macs, PCs, scanners) and departmental technology projects; shelving and stack maintenance; assigning, revising and supervising student assistants in related tasks; collecting statistics as necessary; other duties as assigned.

The incumbent will primarily work in the Science and Engineering Library but may be assigned to another library within the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries division as needed.

Schedule: Tuesday through Thursday- 3pm-11pm Friday- 1pm-9pm Saturday-10am-6pm

Schedule subject to change during semester intercessions and summer terms. Schedule subject to change based on staffing needs.


Preferred Qualifications




New York, NY


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Columbia University Libraries is a top-tier academic research library, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning. The Libraries build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating unique opportunities for users to encounter global thought. As vital partners in the University’s research and learning ecosystem, the Libraries connects users with rich and distinctive collections, fosters meaningful learning experiences, and provides innovative research support for a large, diverse user population.

The Libraries’ collection includes resources in more than 450 languages and primary source materials that span over 4,000 years of human thought. The collection is comprised of 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 350 staff and hosts over 4 million physical and 20 million virtual visitors each year. A leader in strategic partnerships for shared collections, collaborative collection development, and reciprocal borrowing and use, Columbia University Libraries is a key node in a network connecting users to a boundless multitude of resources around the world.