Fall Semester student applications are now being accepted

If you are an AU student searching for an on-campus position, employment as a student assistant with Auburn University Libraries can provide you with a convenient, student oriented job that will offer skill building opportunities.

Auburn University Libraries employs approximately 120 student employees. We recognize that education is a priority so we offer flexible schedules. Some departments offer higher pay, increased responsibility and management experience.


Employment Areas

Students would perform the following duties:

  • Check books out of the libraries for patrons
  • Return items to shelves
  • Assist patrons to find materials
  • Answer questions at the desk
  • Answer the phone
  • Open and/or close the Vet Med Branch Library
  • Scan articles for lending
  • Sort books or other materials
  • Shelf reading

Under the supervision of the regular library staff members, a student usually performs all/part of the following duties:

Circulation/Reserve/Stacks Duties:

  • Provide direct service to library patrons at the Circulation/Mell desk, which includes the checking in/out materials, answering questions, and directing patrons as needed
  • Assist patrons in using the online catalog, locating materials, and searching for resources
  • Perform alphanumeric sorting and shelving duties using the Library of Congress classification system
  • Shelf read, straighten materials, and clear library of browsed library materials
  • Answer the telephones, answer questions, and transfer calls as needed
  • Update records and performs general data entry
  • Assist in the processing and maintenance of course reserves collection
  • Assist patrons in understanding of fines and fees
  • Check and delivers mail to staff
  • Deliver books to offices on campus
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Stacks Maintenance Duties:

  • Process inventory for RBD book collection using the Shelf Lister program on an iPad
  • Search/retrieve missing trace requests
  • Recycle withdrawn material
  • Collect books from the physical processing area for shelving
  • Prepare/replace range lists as needed
  • Forward/backward shifting of books to open up crowded areas on the shelves
  • Place stickers on items
  • Possible visits to offsite storage [OLAF]

Business Desk Duties:

  • Run reports
  • Research financial issues for Patrons
  • Accept and process payments
  • Edit patron financial records in Voyager by processing/posting forgives/payments
  • Educate the public and patrons about library policies to include new community users, borrowing policies, and library fines and fees
  • Assign and inspect study carrels
  • Assist with maintenance of the reserves and new books to include processing lists

Student Lead/Supervisor (Circulation):

After completing at least 1 semester at RBD, exceptional students may be chosen to be a student supervisor.

This position includes all of the normal job duties with the additional responsibilities of being a shift supervisor.

  • Deal with building/patron emergencies
  • Supervise student workers and ensure that daily duties are completed correctly
  • Call in building maintenance issues
  • Open and close the building and ensure that all patrons leave the building before closing

Job responsibilities in InterLibrary Loan include:

  • Going to the stacks to retrieve books and journals
  • Checking books out to schools in Voyager and updating ILL requests in ILLiad
  • Scanning journal articles for Interlibrary Loan and AubieExpress
  • Packaging books up to be mailed out through the Post Office
  • Packaging books up to be shipped out through UPS, Federal Express, and our Lanter system
  • Unpacking books that have been borrowed and books being returned, as well as checking books in in Voyager and completing the ILL record in ILLiad
  • Processing articles found in our electronic databases
  • Some students scan articles on microfilm and microfiche

Students would perform the following duties:

  • Assist patrons with searching the catalog and Avery Index to find relevant information
  • Troubleshoot issues and assist patrons in using the LADC’s equipment and software technology including large-format printers and scanners, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Autodesk
  • Promptly address patron questions or concerns about library resources and services and refer questions to the librarian or staff as appropriate
  • Responsibly opening and closing the library during assigned shifts according to the LADC’s hours of operation
  • Assist with maintaining the collection by shelf reading and re-shelving materials
  • Check library materials in and out accurately and efficiently

Students would perform the following duties:

  • Answer questions at the desk
  • Answer phone
  • Set up wide-format printing for patrons
  • Check technology equipment out to patrons
  • Help keep the area tidy
  • Help patrons use and perform basic troubleshooting of hardware including but not limited to:
  • PC and Mac desktop computers
  • Laserjet printers
  • Wide-format inkjet printers
  • Various types of scanners
  • Digitization equipment
  • VR equipment
  • 3D printers
  • Help patrons use a wide variety of software including but not limited to:
  • Microsoft Office products
  • Adobe Creative Suite products
  • AutoDesk products
  • Audio and video editing software
  • Data visualization/management software

Students would perform the following duties:

  • Ordering and organizing office supplies
  • Cleaning and tidying instruction labs and other common spaces

Responsibilities of students in Government Documents:

  • Check in new documents
  • Process new documents
  • Shelve documents, microforms, and maps
  • Shelf-read documents, microforms, and maps
  • Type lists of withdrawn documents for offer to other depository libraries
  • Record microform use on spreadsheet
  • Screen gift books for duplication in AUL’s collection
  • Screen gift books for Better World Book acceptance
  • Maintain Adopt-a-Book shelves
  • Pack and ship books to Better World Books

Student Workers in Special Collections have varied responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Shelving and filing rare books and archival materials
  • Scanning archival materials for inclusion in AU Libraries Digital Collections
  • Using audio equipment and computer programs to digitize historic media collections
  • Serving Special Collections and Archive patrons by retrieving requested materials
  • Entering archival data into spreadsheets and other content management applications

Candidates for student worker positions in the Systems Department should have a certain basic set of skills to be able to assist the Systems Department efficiently and effectively, as listed below. In addition to those duties listed under job description, you may also be asked to perform other duties as needed or when so requested by the Systems Department staff. Our expectation is performance to the best of your ability on all tasks requested by Systems Department.

  • Assist Auburn University Libraries staff in resolving computing questions as well as hardware/software problems/repairs/maintenance
  • Assist Systems staff in updating computer software, imaging laptops/computers, swapping out computer equipment
  • Refer users to other information resources when necessary to resolve computer usage issues
  • Maintain a neat and orderly work area
  • Help set up/transport equipment (up to 50 lbs. lifting required)
  • Any other task as assigned by Systems Department

Student duties:

  • Process labels for books
  • Help repair books that needed minimum repair (tape, date due slip, etc)
  • Help with unpacking of new books
  • Retrieve books from floor when needed to verify error

Technical Services/Serials Section

Responsibilities include:

  • Sort materials
  • Data entry
  • Deliver or retrieve items to certain areas within the building or on campus

Electronic Resources & Serials Service Student Assistant

Performing primarily clerical duties helping to ensure the libraries' resources are discoverable and accessible to AU's students, faculty and staff. Those duties may include:

  • Working in EBSCO's Holdings and Link Management (HLM) knowledge base, activating ebook records in the HLM knowledge base, checking and correcting ejournal holdings and coverage in the HLM knowledge base
  • Working in the Libraries' Voyager cataloging client, relinking item records from serials (parent) records to analytic (child) records; other cataloging client tasks

Pay Structure
Starting hourly rate is $7.25. Additional pay is offered based on time of day worked and level of responsibility. Pay increases are available based on longevity in the Libraries.

Application Procedure
Auburn University Libraries accepts applications for student employment throughout the year. However, peak hiring seasons are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - July
  • Spring Semester - November
  • Summer Semester - April

Student positions are filled according to departmental needs each semester. Only complete applications will be accepted. If you are interested in applying for a specific department, there is a drop down box on the application for your selection. Once you have applied for a position you will receive an e-mail notifying you that the application has been received.

Please be patient with our hiring process. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or a telephone call. Applying for a job at the Library does not guarantee you a position.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.