• Adult Librarian

    Location US-NY-Manhattan | US-NY-Bronx | US-NY-Staten Island
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    445 5th Avenue (at 39th Street)
  • Overview

    The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.  

    The Library is seeking Adult Librarians to cultivate creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information.  Successful candidates will embody each of these four characteristics themselves.


    NYPL has Librarian positions across our three boroughs - Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx.  Your location preferences will be assessed during the interview process. 


    Librarians start at $52,248 per year and are eligible in 6 months for an increased salary of $57,515, based on successful job performance.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Adult Librarian:

    • Provides reference service and resource recommendations using print, media and digital resources
    • Collaborates with the Adult Educational Services Department to develop, promote, facilitate, present and evaluate innovative programs to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s adult population including book discussions, author talks, technology classes, financial literacy sessions, arts and wellness activities, and a variety of other programs both in the Library and throughout the community
    • Partners with the collection development team to build and maintain the Adult collection ensuring it is diverse, current, and relevant and meets the needs of the community
    • Works to engage adults with the collection in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones
    • Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community based organizations, city support agencies, adult educational institutions and local businesses to promote the library’s services, programs and collections with a focus on adults
    • Encourages digital literacy and provides technology instruction
    • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the adult space, ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources
    • Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest
    • Mentors library staff in preparing and presenting adult programs
    • Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, reserves and opening/closing procedures
    • May take responsibility for the facility, staff and operations in the absence of the Library Manager
    • Maintains a working knowledge of trends in adult literature, educational and development needs, adult services and the profession through webinars, internal training, meetings, conferences, professional literature and organizational memberships
    • Performs related duties as required

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies
    • Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
    • Strong commitment to public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
    • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for adults
    • Knowledge of Adult literature and experience maintaining an Adult collection
    • Experience building partnerships with local organizations to better meet the needs of community users
    • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
    • Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
    • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs and e-reader devices
    • Demonstrated knowledge of computer services including online searching, social media, reference resources and databases

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends for adults in urban public libraries preferred
    • Fluency in foreign lauguage(s) preferred



    Work Environment

    • Public library setting

    Physical Duties

    • Lifting up to 15 lbs.
    • Sitting and standing for periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer

    Starting Salary

    USD $52,248.00/Yr.


    35 hours per week
    To be scheduled during branch hours

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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