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Part-Time Library Aide (12hr), Swampscott Public Library (Swampscott)

The Library Aide performs all duties related to the circulation of library materials including checkouts, check-ins, renewals, patron registration, reserves, and collection of fines and fees at both the Circulation and Youth Services desks.  Will have regular Youth Services shifts, predominately nights and weekends.  Represents the Library in a pleasant and helpful manner in all aspects of work.


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

·         Provides library patrons with the service and attention they require in a pleasant and helpful manner. Refers patron to the staff person best able to help.

·         Checks library materials in and out. Checks condition of materials and routes to appropriate departments for further evaluation if necessary.

·         Collects fines and fees on library materials.  Resolves bills and other delinquencies for the patron.

·         Processes reserve materials and notifies patron when materials are ready.

·         Registers new patrons and introduces the new patron to the library services offered. Enters patron information into the database.

·         Performs basic Reader’s Advisory service by helping patrons select materials, stocking and merchandising the new book and staff recommends shelves. Participates in formulating special display areas.

·         Opens and closes the Main Desk area and/or Youth Services desk, including managing the cash register, emptying the book drop, and ensuring that the area is neat and ready for the day.

·         Handles telephone calls appropriate to the department and routes other calls if necessary.

·         Checks in and processes the delivery.

·         Performs other duties as required.


Under the general supervision of the Library Director.


The employee, as a regular and continuing part of the job, is not required to supervise any employees.  May occasionally provide guidance to volunteers.


Abilities: Ability to move and lift library materials up to 50 pounds, with assistance if necessary, from one location to another.  Ability to handle minute detail and repetitive tasks.  Accurate typing and word processing skills.  Ability to handle situations with tact, courtesy, initiative, resourcefulness, good judgment and punctuality.

Skills: Great customer service and interpersonal skills. Highly motivated and able to work independently.

Employee performs work in a municipal, public library setting subject to frequent interruptions. The facility can get unusually busy and relatively noisy on occasion.

Duties of the job present little potential for injury to the employee.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Demands: Lift and/or move library materials up to 50 pounds.

Motor Skills: Sustained periods of moving around three floors.

Visual Demands: Position requires the employee to constantly read documents and computer screens for sorting and categorizing purposes. The employee is rarely required to determine color differences.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the Town or requirements of the job change.


1.       Bachelor’s Degree preferred

2.       Previous library experience, 1-3 years desired by not required

3.       Positive attitude toward public service work.

4.       Punctuality and dependability.

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$15.31  / hour

Salary Notes

12 hours a week, including some nights and weekends

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

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2023-08-24 |  Quick link to this job