Work at the Libraries
Student Employment Opportunities
Public Services area. Diversified tasks. Entry level responsibilities include shelving, searching, paging (locating books), inventory and processing Tri-Co materials. Training is provided. After the initial learning period, students are often trained to provide services at the Reserve Desk. See full position descriptions: Assistant 1 and Assistant 3.
Cornell Science Library
Circulation desk. Responsibilities include: checking in/out regular books and reserve items, shelving, assisting patrons (with copiers, printers, basic reference and directional questions), and other tasks as assigned. Training is provided. Student assistants on night and weekend shifts are also responsible for overseeing the building; this can include opening and closing the library. See full position descriptions: Daytime and Evening/Weekend.
Underhill Music and Dance Library
Provides library circulation and reference services for fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members. Responsibilities include checking in/out items, shelving, and assisting patrons with catalog searches, basic reference questions, and equipment. Student assistants are also responsible for opening and closing the library and assisting the Music & Dance Librarian with special projects. See full position description.
Public Services area. Reference Assistants are trained to help students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Research & Information Desk, and to answer directional, reference, and research-related questions. They also assist reference librarians with collection development, maintenance of the reference collection, small research projects, and library workshops and events.
Student assistants must work at entry level I before moving up to the next job level. See full position descriptions.
- Technical Services Assistant I: Responsibilities include: finding journals and books in the stacks, photocopying articles, shifting materials in the Government Documents collection, opening boxes of new materials and sorting them, shelving newly-received newspapers and periodicals, placing labels and label protectors on periodicals in the stacks.
- Technical Services Assistant II : Responsibilities include: searching Tripod for notify information in order records and making printouts, sending articles to other libraries or patrons using the Ariel software program (Interlibrary Loan), checking in Government Documents, complete processing (placing labels, book pockets, etc.) for new books, processing periodicals and books from the bindery.
- Technical Services Assistant III : Responsibilities include: checking in new issues of newspapers and periodicals, check in new standing orders, sorting the library's incoming mail, delete/adding item records in Tripod, doing simple cataloging of newly received books.
Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Technical Services position. Assists with interlibrary loan operations including retrieving, receipt, and preparation of library materials. Training is provided. See full position description.
Library Exhibits Assistant
Planning and execution of library exhibitions, duties might include generating labels, liaising with students/outside personnel, and creating and distributing publicity materials. Assist with set up and catering at receptions and openings. Meet regularly with exhibitions coordinator and attend Exhibits Committee meetings as needed. Good time management and able to work independently with a flexible schedule (exhibits might require extended hours during the days leading up to an opening). Qualifications: a strong sense of responsibility and commitment (must be very reliable), ability to think creatively with good visual facility, manual dexterity preferred, this job will occasionally involve working with tools.
Responsible for administering the Faculty Bibliography, assisting with special projects, and providing first level technology support and troubleshooting. In order to properly complete assigned tasks and to make sound judgment calls, student assistants will be well-versed in library collections, tools and services, and information technology. See full position description.
McCabe job application [pdf]
For Circulation Services, Reference/Research Services, Technical Services, Library Exhibits, and Digital Initiatives.
Please submit your application to McCabe Library circulation desk. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received, with priority given to work/study students. Applications are accepted at the beginning and end of each semester until all positions are filled.
Cornell job application
We are no longer accepting applications for the upcoming semester. For further information, please contact Terry Heinrichs (theinri1, x8267).
Underhill job application [pdf]
Please read the full and submit your application form to the Underhill Library circulation desk, located in the Lang Music Building. Preference is given to work/study students with a music and/or dance background. For further information, please contact Donna Forunier (dfourni1, x8231).