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Library Assistant - Circulation, Robbins Library (Arlington)

Join Arlington's Circulation team! We're a well-loved, busy, FINE FREE library and we are lucky to have amazing community support for the work we do. Our part-time Library Assistants perform administrative, direct service, and other support duties pertaining to the circulation activities of the library. Arlington values diversity. We strongly encourage candidates of varied backgrounds, including people of color, persons with disabilities and others to apply.


18.5 hours/week: Monday 5 - 9 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In July and August, when the library is open 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., the Saturday hours for this position are 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the 4 remaining hours are added to a weekday, based on department needs. 


Works under the direct supervision of the Head of Circulation, in accordance with established methods and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 

•    Attends the circulation desk, using the automated circulation system to check out, renew and check in library materials and register new patrons; collects and processes fees for lost materials; processes and sorts returned materials; collects money for the Friends of the Library, including book sale revenue and other revenue.

•    Responds to requests for information pertaining to basic library procedures; receives orders for reserve books and schedules museum pass reservations, in person and on the telephone; answers the telephone, transfers calls, takes and relays messages.

•    Maintains patron registration file; performs data entry for complete borrower information.

•    Processes reserve book requests; determines availability, searches shelves, places holds, notifies patrons and prepares holds for patron pick up; processes network transfer requests on a daily basis for items requested by other libraries in the Minuteman Library Network; prints send-item list; searches shelves; routes items to appropriate library; edits hold of missing items to request from another library.

•    Performs required searches for overdue materials; sends out overdue notices and bills for missing materials and updates patron records; records and deposits lost material payments daily; maintains records of patrons with large amounts of overdue materials and pursues payment; prints weekly notices and bills.

•    Processes periodicals, newspapers and other items and prepares periodicals and other items for circulation; maintains storage and weeds older periodicals; maintains books in order on shelves in assigned areas; assists in maintaining business services references.

•    Checks records and prepares basic statistics; troubleshoots equipment and assists with minor maintenance.

•    Maintains new books collection by transferring books to regular collection, as needed; assists in preparing books for bindery and processes re-bound materials for circulation; may perform minor book repair work.

•    May direct and monitor the activities of pages and/or volunteers in the absence of the Head of Circulation.

•    Performs similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates.


High school diploma; one year of office or library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$18.69  / hour

Closing Date


How to Apply

Apply via the Town of Arlington's online application:


2021-09-03 |  Quick link to this job