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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 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, as needed
  • Responsible for library opening and end-of-day closing procedures
  • Handle cash transactions for printing and fine payments

Required Skills

  • Customer service, computer literacy, accuracy and speed with data entry
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact tactfully and efficiently with students, staff, and faculty members
  • Positive attitude and extreme helpfulness a plus

Preferred Skills

  • Previous library work experience


  • 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

Additional Information

  • Do not plan to do your homework while working. Please do not apply unless you can give 100% of your attention to your library work tasks

Position Overview: Technical Services Student Assistant

Assist with one or more of the following projects

  • Library inventory project
  • 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
  • Assisting with serials check in and maintenance
  • 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
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently (but to ask questions about procedures and task-related issues when necessary)

Preferred Skills

  • Previous library work experience
  • Proficiency with MS Excel and/or Google Sheets


  • 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 to the set schedule must be made via email to both the Access and Public Services Librarian and the supervising staff member, preferably 48 hours in advance of the occasion. It is up to the student to make up the missed hours at a time amenable to the supervising staff member


  • The Access and Public Services Librarian is the direct supervisor in regard to scheduling and payroll matters; student will work with other full-time library staff as directed

Student Employment Applications

To apply for positions at the Styberg Library, select Apply Online or download and use the fillable application below. You may drop it off at the Circulation Desk or email it to If you have any questions, email

Please note, applications are received on a rolling bais and will be kept on file to fill any vacancies.

Apply Online

Styberg Library Student Employment Application

*Persons hired agree to be available for scheduling at times they are not in class or engaged in other seminary academic commitments.