Jobs at the Library

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How to Apply

To apply for San José Public Library jobs, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at and select the "Open-Competitive Recruitments" link.

Job Postings

We will be accepting applications for the following jobs:

Library Clerk

Salary Range: $43,243.20–52,540.80
Job ID: 1800747
Full/Part Time: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: June 4, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
Get Started: More Details & Apply Online

Position and Duties

Library Clerks facilitate quality service through direct assistance to the customers of the San José Public Library System. This is done through the performance of a variety of clerical activities which includes the following:

  • Greeting customers and explaining library materials usage policies and procedures;
  • Checking materials in and out;
  • Shelving materials;
  • Assisting with the use of self check machines;
  • Entering data on computer terminals;
  • Issuing borrowers' cards;
  • Preparing and processing materials for circulation;
  • Processing materials holds;
  • Maintaining records and files;
  • Accepting fines;
  • Operating cash registers;
  • Handling routine problems; and
  • Assisting with training of and serving as lead person for Library Pages, Library Aides, and volunteers.

We are looking for candidates who are able to provide excellent customer service in an innovative, fast-paced, team environment. As a front-line customer service representative for the library, Library Clerks play a key part in making the library experience a positive one for our customers. SJPL is currently recruiting for multiple full-time and part-time vacancies. Part-time positions are benefited and are normally scheduled to work 20 – 24 hours per week. Full-time and part-time Clerks are typically expected to work some nights and weekends on a rotation basis.

These positions require the following:

  • Pushing or pulling carts loaded with materials;
  • Packing, unpacking and transporting shipment boxes;
  • Reaching, bending and stooping to put materials on low and high shelves; and
  • Lifting up to 25 pounds and actively moving for several hours at a time.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Completion of high school, G.E.D., or California Proficiency Certificate.
  2. Experience: One year of full-time experience performing duties similar to Library Page, which would include checking in and out of library materials and performing simple office routines. (1 year=2080 hours work experience)
  3. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Why work at San José Public Library?

It is an exciting time in San José! With overwhelming support from our communities and our City Council, we are increasing our open hours at all of our library branches. Would you like to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? Now is your opportunity!

San José Public Library offers:

  • Culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.
  • One of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items.
  • Award-winning innovation and leadership: 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.
  • New expanded hours for all branch locations
  • Library Parcel Tax expansion recently approved by San José Voters

SJPL Employment Notifications

Don’t miss out on important SJPL employment opportunities. Stay connected through one of more of the following ways:

Library Career Employment Workshops and Webinars

SJPL hosts and participates in various library employment workshops and webinars. To be notified of future and workshops email

Scheduled events:

  • None scheduled at this time. Check back soon.

Volunteer Opportunities

SJPL has an extensive volunteer program. To find more information on current volunteer opportunities and to start gaining valuable and rewarding experience working in a library, go to the SJPL’s Volunteer page to sign up.