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Students attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and eligible for work study awards may be considered for available Student Library Assistant openings in the library's technical services department or at the circulation desk. Student job openings are listed on Garrett's myGETS or students may contact Mary-Carol Riehs, Student Worker Supervisor, to inquire about job availability. Typically, library student assistants are hired at the beginning of the fall semester. 

Basic information for student applicants: It is not possible to do homework while "working" in the library. Please do not apply unless you can give 100% of your attention to your library work tasks.

Typical student work activities include some combination of data entry, book processing, book reshelving, book repair, digitizing, application of security devices, assisting patrons, checking books in and out, book shifting/relocation, and other tasks as they arise.

Job Descriptions

Position Overview: Circulation Desk Assistant

  • Perform basic circulation activities which includes check-out and return of books and laptops, assistance with reserve materials, and enforcement of library policies (security, borrowing, noise levels, disruptive patrons, etc.)
  • Keep all books in call number order and shelve all returned books on shelving carts behind the circulation desk
  • Responsible for care of library materials and equipment
  • Assist patrons when necessary with copiers and computers, answer basic questions and make referrals when needed
  • Answer telephone. In between circulation duties, will also work on other library-related tasks such as tagging books, scanning books, paging books, preparing reserve book lists, interlibrary loan processing, and other duties as assigned
  • Responsible for library opening and end-of-day closing procedures

Required Skills

  • Ability to work independently and to interact tactfully and efficiently with students, staff, and faculty members
  • Customer service, computer literacy, accuracy and speed with data entry
  • Previous library work experience preferred


  • 9-10 hr/week, in a set schedule that is built around classes and other academic commitments
  • Must be available for some evening and weekend shifts
  • Requests for changes in the set schedule must be submitted 24 hours in advance

Position Overview: Technical Services Student Assistant

  • Tagging books and materials with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags
  • Copy cataloging
  • Processing new books: stamping, creating spine labels, affixing book plates
  • Minor book repair
  • Digitization and OCR processing of old and fragile books
  • Shelving, book shifting, shelf reading, book retrieval, general stacks maintenance
  • Assisting with various clean-up projects
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills

  • Excruciating attention to detail
  • Computer Literacy; Perform data entry with speed and accuracy
  • Manual dexterity, and the ability to lift up to 15 lbs
  • Previous library work experience is preferred
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently


  • 9-10 hr/week, in a set schedule that is built around classes and other academic commitments
  • Work shifts will fall between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday
  • Requests for changes in the set schedule must be submitted 24 hours in advance