Are You a Librarian? We are HIRING!

By Jenn D. RSS Mon, June 3, 2019

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you ready for all that Philadelphia has to offer? If so, than please consider this community-focused librarian position housed within a large, municipal library system consisting of 54 neighborhood locations. Each neighborhood library has its own unique vibe and connection to its community. We expect to hire upwards of 25 librarians in this cycle, so this is a great time to explore this Philadelphia opportunity!

Philadelphia is a historic, multicultural, and vibrant city which offers opportunities for engaging with intergenerational and cross-cultural communities. As a librarian and a member of our team, you will be responsible for providing mission-driven, exceptional customer service and engaging with our communities in a way that advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity. Your contribution to your community will include:

  • Fostering positive relationships and collaborations with community partners
  • Enthusiastically engaging with our youth population
  • Conducting outreach to schools and community groups
  • Providing digital, electronic, and traditional reference services to customers
  • Developing programming to meet community wants, needs, and aspirations
  • Collaborating with Friends’ groups, volunteers, and civic associations
  • Serving in an Acting Library Supervisor capacity as needed
  • Facilitating special projects and other duties as assigned

Experience and enthusiasm in working with children and teens is absolutely vital. Candidates who are fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, French, Haitian-Creole, or American Sign Language (ASL) are encouraged to apply. We are actively seeking candidates who reflect the diversity of our dynamic city.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply. In addition to being a union-represented position with pension and generous retirement savings options, City of Philadelphia employment benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and 11 holidays per year. The salary as of July 1, 2019 will be $46,926. Additionally, upon successful completion of probationary periods, there is a $1000 bonus after three months and another $1000 bonus after one year. Further, after one year, this position auto-promotes to a salary of $51,458. Please visit to learn more about this vital public institution, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with all the Library excitement!  

You must visit to apply for this position by June 23, 2019.

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Are you still insisting that applicants MUST take notes by hand at the interview? Or can you be more flexible with this requirement?
Monday, June 3, 2019

I am a college graduate who is looking for a job at the library. Do you guys have any available positions that I can apply for?
Shawnay Warren - Philadelphia
Friday, June 14, 2019

Hi Shawnay, Thanks for thinking of us! All opportunities with the Free Library and Free Library Foundation can be found here: Best of luck in your search!
Administrator, Free Library
Monday, June 17, 2019

I have an MLS.
Hugh Breyer - Philadelphia/New Jersey
Monday, June 17, 2019

I would love to apply, but I only speak English, would you consider a non-bilingual applicant?
Mariel - Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Greetings, if you have a graduate degree in Library Science, you are welcome to apply for these positions. If you don't, view our other Library opportunities here: Best of luck to all!
Administrator, Free Library
Thursday, June 20, 2019

I'm trilingual (Bambara, French & English) I would love to work at library. I may be some help
BD - Philadelphia
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

I would love to come work at my favorite place
Chelsea heifet - Manayunk philadelphia pa
Thursday, March 3, 2022