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Library Assistant (PW-03); Pinewoods Library and Learning Center, Athens, GA


Library Assistant (PW-03); Pinewoods Library and Learning Center, Athens, GA


Part-time; hourly; non-exempt


10 hrs/wk, with potential for up to 19 hours per week maximum as needed; requires morning and afternoon hours. 



Application Deadline

Open until Filled

Bilingual Skills: must be bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.


Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System is committed to our Vision:  Engaging Communities and Exceeding Expectations, which we achieve through the everyday practice of our organizational values. It is through our values we provide an atmosphere and work environment that is inclusive, supportive of our community, respectful, committed to excellence and welcoming.

The Athens Regional Library System is hiring a Library Assistant for the Pinewoods Library and Learning Center. The System will hire an experienced, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic individual who embraces and thrives in an active, fast-paced, culturally diverse environment.

This position provides front-line services to patrons of all ages, especially children, performs other routine, supportive duties including shelving library materials, and is responsible for daily cleaning and basic maintenance of the facility.  This position requires dependability, commitment to excellence, and a customer service attitude that exhibits the inclusive, respectful, and welcoming core values of the library. This position reports to Pinewoods’ Branch Supervisor.

Daytime and evening hours may be required for the guaranteed 10/hrs/wk; additional hours up to 19 in one week may sometimes be adjusted in order to fill-in as a substitute for other library staff. See for hours of operation. 

Minimum Training and Experience
Must be fluent in both English and Spanish. High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Or, any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job.  Other duties of a similar nature or level may be required as assigned duties and job assignments and schedule may be changed in the future.

  • Cleans interior and exterior of the library as directed by the Branch Supervisor (includes using cleansers for cleaning restrooms; dusting and sanitizing surfaces; cleaning and/or vacuuming floors, porches and sidewalks; litter and trash collection; setting up furniture for events; etc.) and performs basic light maintenance duties.
  • Keeps Branch Supervisor apprised of cleaning and other supply needs.
  • Works with the Branch Supervisor to maintain orderliness during community classes and programs.
  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons, including the following: locating information; materials circulation; correctly completing monetary transactions regarding fines, fees, and purchases; routing loans and information; performing basic office duties such as copying, filing, FAXing, and answering phones.
  • Provides support in many areas of daily branch operations, including opening and closing procedures in order to maintain public library hours of operation.
  • Assists with collection maintenance through performing tasks such as emptying bookdrops, sorting, shelving, and checking materials in and out of the library.
  • Upholds all library policies, including the Code of Ethics as stated in the Personnel Policy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • No supervisory or management responsibilities at this time.
  • Meets System expectation to participate in at least two approved off-site outreach programs each year.
  • Meets System expectation to complete at least 10 hours of approved work-related training activities during each year of employment. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English.
  • Skill in upholding the library’s core values; ability to provide external and internal service that is welcoming, committed to excellence, inclusive, and respectful and that supports the community and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and skill in providing customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers.
  • Personal computer proficiency and the ability to use, understand, and assist patrons with various computer applications and the automated library system.
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles and practices and application of ARLS and branch policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Ability to handle a busy public service desk and to address behavior issues; ability to remain calm under busy, stressful conditions.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with patrons and staff.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic office principles and skill in performing office support, including ability to collect cash money and make correct change mentally.
  • Ability to be available on an on-call basis to accept short-term assignments.
  • Ability to maintain predictable and punctual attendance, sometimes on short notice.

Athens Regional Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the library may provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees to discuss potential necessary accommodations. The library is a drug-free workplace and may require drug testing according to established policy.  Hiring is contingent upon verification of identity; United States employment eligibility authorization through E-Verify will be required. Georgia is an open records state. Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the library unless the applicant is selected for an interview. 

Submit completed online ARLS job application at, including a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications for this position.