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Employment Opportunities

Student employees are an important part of the University Libraries. They work in the libraries performing various jobs such as checking in /checking out library materials, shelving books, photocopying, and much more.

Application process:

Applications are available online or at the Circulation Desk. When a position is available, applications will be reviewed and students will be selected to be interviewed. Applications are kept for the current semester. If students wish to keep their application on file they may update their file by attaching a current availability form.

Once a student has been hired, they must obtain an employment contract through the Financial Aid Office before they can begin work.

Paychecks are issued every two weeks.

Students may work up to 20 hours per week.


There is no set list of qualifications for working in the libraries because job assignments are so varied. However, it is important that the student possess good communication and interpersonal skills. It is also very helpful for students who work at service desks to have taken the Library Research Strategies course (IS 170). The libraries serve a broad range of people--faculty, staff, undergraduates, graduate students, high school students and others from the community. It is important that student workers maintain a professional and helpful attitude as they seek to provide quality service to these groups.

Mabee Library Departments


Student assistants who work at the Circulation Desk deal directly with library users, which include WU students, faculty, staff and members of the public. Duties include: checking in/checking out materials, reserves, shelving, shifting and answering the phone. Students working at the Circulation Desk may be required to work early morning, late night and weekend shifts.

Interlibrary Loan:

Student employees process interlibrary loan (ILL) requests, scan materials, and package items for mailing. They must be computer literate and have ability to use Microsoft Office products, work independently, and possess good decision making skills.   

Technical Services:

Student employees assist in processing new library materials in various formats (books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals); search and input data in the online library system, file and shelve, and other duties as assigned. Preferred skills are: aptitude for and desire to do detail work, good proofreading and keyboarding skills, experience with Windows and Microsoft Office products, ability to work both independently and with other library staff in the department.

Carnegie Education Library

The Carnegie Education Library (CEL) typically employs four library student assistants. Students who are education majors in any of the three levels of emphasis - early childhood, elementary, or secondary - are preferred.

CEL student assistants perform a variety of tasks and are often the first contact person for patrons. They lend assistance in searching for materials, using the online catalog, entering new patron information into the library online system, operating the die cut and laminating machines, checking materials in and out, creating displays, processing new materials, shelving returned books, and transporting materials to and from the Mabee Library.

The CEL is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students may be scheduled to work at such times, depending upon their class schedule. Students usually work an average of 10-12 hours per week.

Students interested in employment at the CEL may apply in person Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie, Room 101. They may also telephone Sean Stacey at 785-670-1436 or send e-mail to

* NOTE: Student assistants in these areas are subject to morning, late night, and weekend shifts as schedules permit.