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Shelver/Circulation Clerk
The Columbia Public Library seeks a part-time (3-10 hours/week) shelver/circulation clerk. Pleasant demeanor, basic computer knowledge and eagerness to help are required. Previous library experience is preferred. Please apply in person at the Columbia Public Library, 106 N. Metter Ave., Columbia, IL by June 30th.

  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Shelving: Shelve discarded books and check labels, ensuring that books are in the proper order.
  • Circulating Materials: Use the Library’s circulation software to check in/out materials and route them to other libraries.
  • Interlibrary Loan: Use circulation software to locate and request materials from other libraries.
  • Patron Accounts: Use software to provide patrons with the details of their accounts.
  • Card Catalog: Assist patrons with usage of electronic card catalog
  • Internet: Assist patrons with usage of Internet. This may include instruction on opening or downloading attachments, saving files to disk, opening email or help to create an account.
  • Databases: Instruct patrons in use of any of our electronic databases as well as online audio books.
  • Phone Requests: Complete patron phone requests.
  • Photocopying: Assist patrons with coin-operated photocopier.
  • Taxes: During tax season, help patrons locate the tax forms that they are requesting.
  • Daily Courier Service: This includes tubs of books that are requested by our patrons or items of ours that have been lent out to other libraries. Once items are routed in, call or email each patron to notify them that their items have arrived.
  • Weeding: This process is an ongoing effort to maintain high circulation percentages by eliminating items that are in poor condition and/or have low circulation statistics.
  • Shelf Maintenance: This is a constant duty to try to keep our books in an orderly fashion so that items are easily located and tidy appearance is maintained.
  • Repair Books: This duty includes taping, gluing, recovering or any other repairs needed for a damaged item.
  • Calendar Management: Assist patrons with scheduling the use of the basement for meetings.
  • Programs: Assist as needed with programming for the library, such as Story Time, Tot Time, National Library Week, book clubs, and the Summer Reading Program.
  • Training: Attend continuing education classes at the Illinois Heartland Library System headquarters in Edwardsville, IL, as required.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to reach top book shelves (approximately 6.5 ft.) with the use of a foot stool
  • Ability to stoop to lower shelves (on floor)
  • Physical stamina to perform the aforementioned tasks for up to eight hours


The City of Columbia is an EOE/ADA employer.


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