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Part-Time Library Associate, Norwell Public Library (Norwell)


The Library Associate provides paraprofessional support to professional library staff through the performance of varied duties and tasks. Performs professional level duties requiring a thorough knowledge of library procedures, organization, and operations. Must exercise judgment and initiative to perform duties; must be able to work independently and as part of a team.  


Norwell Public Library has openings for two Library Associates with the following schedules of 9.25 hours per week beginning October 1st:

Library Associate Schedule I:  Monday: 5pm to 8pm; Wednesday: 10:00am to 1:00pm; Every Other Saturday: 10am to 5:00pm; some Sundays to be scheduled each month when the Library has Sunday hours (months of September - April).  

Library Associate Schedule II:  Wednesday: 5pm to 8pm; Thursday: 10am to 1:00pm; every other Saturday:  10am to 5:00pm; some Sundays to be scheduled monthly when the Library has Sunday hours (September - April).  


The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work performed.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  

Manages service stations throughout the library as assigned; performs duties with limited supervision.  Assists librarians with collection management, including cataloging, processing, mending, weeding, and book displays. Provides paraprofessional support to librarians as needed to facilitate library programs for all age groups.  Provides direct  service to library patrons, including 1st level reader’s advisory, technology, and e-resource assistance. Operates and assists patrons with standard library equipment, including computers, photocopiers, scanners, printers, etc. Responds to routine patrons inquires on the telephone, in person, and via email; refers non-routine inquiries to subject experts. Charges/discharges library materials using the Workflows Integrated Library System; verifies, sorts, and shelves library materials. Processes new library card registrations; reserves books for patrons, notifying them when books arrive. Maintains confidentiality of patron records; routinely exercises discretion and good judgment. Runs reports for overdue materials and hold alerts; rectifies all reports and retrieves all materials.  Processes overdue notices; receives payments for fines and fees. Inspects library materials for damage and forwards to appropriate department for further evaluation and resolution. May assist with library opening and closing procedures.  Performs other related work as required.  



High school diploma and GED; Associates or Bachelor’s degree highly desirable.  Minimum of one year previous library experience; knowledge of library classification systems, procedures, and practices; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge:  Knowledge of common library e-resources, mobile devices, and current library technology.

Skills:  Strong computer skills required; experience using Sirsi ynex WorkFlows or other integrated library system preferred.  Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills required.  

Abilities:  Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail; experience working independently and as part of a team.  Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with supervisors, associates and general public.  Must be available to work days, evenings and some weekend days based on Library hours and as scheduled. 

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$19.95  / hour

Salary Notes

Eligible for annual cost of living increases and step progression increases as eligible.

Closing Date

How to Apply


Interested individuals should submit a  Cover Letter or Email, Resume, and Town of Norwell application (downloadable at under Human Resources tab)Town of Norwell Application (downloadable @ under Human Resources tab) via email to (PDF format) or by mail/in person to the Human Resources Office, 345 Main Street, Norwell, MA 02061.  Positions open until filled.  


2022-08-24 |  Quick link to this job