The library employs between 20-30 student workers each year. Student workers play a vital part in the daily operation of the library. They provide quality customer service while assisting users with checking out materials, booking study rooms, assisting with technology and printers, keeping the library stacks in order, carrying out special projects, and many other tasks that are essential to the library’s mission.
To assist in the library’s general functions in the following areas – Circulation Department and Research Help Desk or Technical Services/Serials Department.
What hours might I work?
Hours can range from 7:30am – 11:30pm (1:00am during finals), Monday through Sunday.
- Student employees are expected to work either one closing or one weekend shift per week
- The library is open on holidays and when classes are canceled due to snow.
What is the hourly wage?
The library follows minimum wage guidelines for the state of Massachusetts.
How many hours can I work?
During fall and spring semesters, students can work up to 20 hours per week.
During summer, students can work up to 40 hours per week.
When do you hire student employees?
Hiring occurs mainly in August and January for the fall and spring semesters and April for summer employment
How can I apply for a job at the library?
Check the Human Resources job site for postings under Student Employment
Do I have to have work-study funds in order to work at the library?
No, you do not need to have Federal Work-Study funds. Library student worker positions are funded by the University as well as the Federal Work-Study program.
What experience do I need to work at the library?
To work at the library you must be a currently enrolled full-time student at Fitchburg State University.
Other experience we consider when hiring students employee include:
- Experience with technology and understanding of MS Office and Google Suite.
- Experience working in a library or customer service environment.
- Must be dependable.
- Ability to work within a team environment and at times without constant supervision.
- Availability to work a flexible schedule with a minimum of a one day shift and either one closing or weekend shift per week.
- Ability to interact professionally with students, faculty, and members of the community.
- Detail oriented
- Ability to process newly purchased library books.
- Assist with the process of weeding books/serials from the collection.
Each year the library recognizes a library student employee who consistently demonstrates professionalism and high standards of performance in their work.
Spencer has been a student worker at the Library since 2019 and is majoring in Human Services at Fitchburg State. His work ethic and attitude make him stand out as a student employee. He is both welcoming and responsive to all users of the library. His approachable presence at the circulation and research help desks allows other students to feel comfortable about asking for help. He is kind, compassionate, and a thoughtful human being. During challenging pandemic months, he came to work without pause and continued to assist users with navigating the library and its resources.
Spencer is a superb mentor for new student employees and unfailing in his willingness to pick up shifts for his peers at the very last minute, even coming in as late as 10pm. All of these things credit him as the ultimate co-worker.
In recognition of Spencer's excellent service, the book Queer: A Graphic History was dedicated in his honor to the Library's collection.
Learn more about the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Outstanding Student Employee Award
We depend heavily on our student employees to help in the day-to-day operations of the library. Your role as a student employee is an important one, and we value your contributions.
Each semester, library staff provides student employees with opportunities that promote the development of transferable skills and growth in interpersonal communication, problem solving, and a place for students to build friendships and professional relationships among supervisors and other staff.
Library student employees participate in the following types of training:
- Resume Builder for Library Student Workers
- Alternative Communication Strategies Training
- Active Shooter Training with University Police
- Book display design
- Digital Reserves
- COVID-19 Compliance