Part-Time Library Clerk

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Job Type
Regular Part-Time
Evanston Public Library
$13.83- $17.714/hourly
Posted Date
Job Closing Date

Nature of Work/Essential Functions:

*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.

Work Schedule:

Monday 5:15-9:15pm

Tuesday 1-4pm

Wednesday 5:15-9:15pm

Saturday 1-5pm

Using excellent customer service skills, assist patrons at the circulation desk by answering questions, providing directions, checking in and out library materials as well as processing registration, fines and fees.

Specific assignment will include some or all of the following:

  • Assist patrons at the circulation desk by using the computer system to check in/out and renew library materials and resolve problems.
  • Accept fines and fees from patrons using a cash register and credit card machine.
  • Handle incoming circulation desk phone calls with a high level of customer service.
  • Provide exceptional customer service on a daily basis.
  • Provide library assistance in the area of filing and shelving on an as needed basis.
  • Assist patrons with library card registration and renewal.
  • Answer general information and directional questions.
  • May work on special projects as assigned.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must possess a High School diploma or GED and must possess one (1) or more years of customer service related working experience.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
    • Proficiency with Internet search engines, word processing software, email, on-line computer catalogs and Windows operating systems.
    • Ability to promptly sort and file materials in alpha-numerical order.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of customers and staff throughout the Library, as well as the general public within the organization.
    • Ability to multi-task many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
    • Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, policies and procedures, rules, regulations, journals, blogs, social media, memos, letters, reports and legal documents.
    • Ability to perform mathematical calculations with the use of a calculator and/or cash register.


    • There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.
    • The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes.
    • The ability to stand for at least four hours at a time.
    • The ability to work while standing as well as bodily movement associated with bending, kneeling, stretching and reaching associated with checking in/out books. The ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 40 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 40 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Additional Information:


Under the supervision of the Circulation Manager, work is performed with the guidance of managerial staff. The individual has contact with other Library institutions and staff at all levels, and uses the necessary resources to meet and achieve goals and/or objectives. Work is assigned through specific projects and customer/clientele request. The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks, and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation. Work performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences and meetings. Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to specific projects assigned. Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to customer service and performance in accordance with this classification standard.


The employee has regular and frequent contact with the general public.

Qualifications Assessment Category Group  
Structured Oral Interview    


To apply for this position, please apply online at on or before the closing date.

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).