Seasonal Library Assistant: Part-time Temporary

Job Duties:  

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to multitask

  • Check in and check out library materials using the library’s computer system

  • Register patrons for library cards

  • Enter library materials into the library’s computerized database

  • Collect money for overdue fees

  • Answer the telephones

  • Direct patrons to locations in the building

  • Shelve materials – requires bending, stooping and stretching

  • Empty materials from outside book drop – requires pushing carts up an incline.

Work Location:  

  • Various Free Library branches throughout the city.

  • Most Seasonal Library Assistants work in branch libraries with 6 to 8 staff members.


  • Position requires work on most Saturdays, with possible afternoon and evening hours during the week.

  • This is a 9 month temporary position with 3 months off.

  • Seasonal Library Assistants work 8 to 16 hours a week.

  • Some hours may be scheduled on an on-call basis.


  • $13.95 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 for permanent employment.

All offers are contingent upon passing 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 customer service and/or library experience preferred. 

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Minorities and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.