Library Facility Guard: Part-time Temporary

The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to employ a diverse team of staff reflective of the City’s broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Job Duties

    Custodial: Perform a variety of custodial duties

  • Inside the building: Cleaning floors, rugs; cleaning restrooms; emptying trash cans; cleaning tabletops; setting up rooms for meetings
  • Outside the building: Picking up trash; putting out trash and recycling; mowing grass, trimming weeds, raking leaves; removing snow and ice;

    Security: Provide a security presence for the library

  • Patrol the library, appear in uniform, enforce the library’s security rules, and work with library staff to maintain a safe, secure environment.

Work Location

  • Various Free Library branches throughout the city. Most Library Facility Guards work in branch libraries with a staff of 6 to 8 staff members.


  • Position requires work on most Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with possible additional weekdays.
  • This is a 9-month temporary position starting in September or January of the calendar year.
  • Library Facility Guards work 8 to 16 hours a week, including most Saturdays.
  • Some hours may be scheduled on an on-call basis.


  • $18.00 per hour


Temporary positions with the City of Philadelphia do not provide sick leave or vacation, or health or pension benefits. These positions are exempt from civil service and are not eligible for promotion. Please continue to take civil service tests.

All offers are contingent upon passing security clearance, drug testing and the City of Philadelphia’s indebtedness check, which includes all outstanding parking tickets, utility bills and taxes owed to the City of Philadelphia.

To Apply: Email your resume to Candidates with security experience preferred.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage Black, Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. The organization is committed to building a community that is inclusive and equitable.