Student Employment


Whether you want to get a jump-start on your career or just need extra money for school, you will find a wide range of student employment opportunities in the University Libraries. Our student workers usually tell us that both the experience and the contacts they have made are very helpful when they are looking for full-time employment after graduation.

Open Student Positions

This position assists full-time staff in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL)/Reserves unit of Olin Library. It requires attention to detail, commitment to excellent customer service, and the ability to work in a team and also independently once trained. Duties and responsibilities may vary depending on the individual’s experience and schedule.

Job Responsibilities

  • Scan articles and book chapters for electronic delivery to customers
  • Retrieve books, journals, and media from Olin Libraries and departmental libraries on the Danforth campus
  • Open and sort mail and courier deliveries
  • Process ILL and MOBIUS borrowing and lending requests
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Skills

  • Computer skills
  • Research skills (knowledge of Library of Congress classification is preferred)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Reliable
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Physical stamina: Prolonged periods of standing or walking and lifting loads of up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision once trained

The Student Assistant – Library Space and Building Operations Management (LSBOM) position provides first-tier, student-to-student building usage monitoring, policy communication, and enforcement in Olin Library, under the direction of and in coordination with supervisors/LSBOM staff. Helps ensure building usage policies and guidelines are understood and followed by users, and that relevant building usage data is gathered to inform day-to-day operations and decision-making. Performs other LSBOM duties as needed and assigned, including supporting Building Operations & Support Services (BOSS) functions such as processing outgoing Libraries shipments. Priority will be given to applicants able and willing to work weekend shifts.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs regularly scheduled building walkthroughs, including and not limited to  counting users, first-tier addressing of non-adherence to building usage policies/guidelines, documenting maintenance and cleaning needs, and alerting supervisors/LSBOM staff of the need for back-up, second-tier support
  • Data entry of headcounts, instances of non-adherence to policies/guidelines, maintenance/cleaning needs, and other data entry as needed
  • Assists supervisors/LSBOM staff with building opening and closing procedures and emergency evacuation procedures as needed
  • Other duties as assigned, including supporting BOSS functions as needed

Special Skills:

The position requires excellent customer service and communication, and basic computing skills including data entry using forms and spreadsheets. Ability/willingness to engage and inform peers who are not adhering to building usage policies and guidelines; calm assertiveness; strong judgment and critical thinking skills; a high degree of dependability; and orientation to detail are also essential. The position requires prolonged periods of standing/walking while carrying department-assigned radio and other equipment. May also require lifting loads up to 25 pounds. Priority will be given to applicants able and willing to work weekend shifts.

The Data/Metadata Assistant Data Services team on data and metadata for our data repository migration. Activities may include transferring information from documentation to metadata, metadata review, and enhancing structured documentation.

Job and Responsibilities:

  • Review and enhance readme files
  • Transfer information collected in documentation to metadata records
  • Create readme files from existing templates
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Special Skills:

  • Familiarity with data
  • Attention to detail
  • Familiarity with research documentation and metadata

The Student Preservation Assistant assists in the repair and preservation of general collections libraries’ materials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the production of archival enclosures for general collections materials, such as envelope sleeves, pamphlet housings, and boxes
  • Assists with low-level book repairs, such as simple page mends and spine/hinge repairs
  • Other duties as assigned

Special Skills:

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to work with details in an organized and accurate manner. Excellent manual dexterity, hand skills, and time management skills.

The Student Processing Assistant assists with shelf processing and tracking of general collections libraries’ materials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the physical processing of materials for use in the library collections, such as barcoding, preparing and applying spine labels, donor gift plates, stamps, and security strips.
  • Assists in tracking the work of the preservation lab by logging materials in and out of the lab, checking materials in and out to the appropriate preservation patron, and updating catalog item records to reflect work completed on library materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Skills:

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to work with details in an organized and accurate manner. Excellent time management and data entry skills.

Student assists staff with day-to-day operations in Special Collections including shelving, pulling materials for patrons, reproduction requests, assistance with basic reference tasks, inventorying, metadata, and book processing.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports reference desk responsibilities by assisting patrons in the reading room, answering the phone, assisting patrons with material handling, and scanning patron requests
  • Assists with pulling and setting up collection materials and re-shelving materials for instruction and patron requests
  • Assists with special collections processing including inventorying, sorting, arrangement, description, cataloging, re-housing

Special Skills: Experience with Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel); knowledge or familiarity with scanning software and Photoshop Detail-oriented; ability to lift up to 40lbs, ability to work independently, yet willing to take directions; responsible for working independently in secure spaces, following security protocols. Experience handling fragile paper/photographs preferred.