Job Opportunity – Readers’ Services Assistant





Bernardsville Public Library is seeking a part-time Readers’ Services Assistant to work at the circulation desk. Current schedule will be two half-days a week along with 1-2 Saturdays a month and an occasional evening or Sunday. We anticipate the schedule will expand to include 4 shifts (16-20 hours a week) as the library resumes a normal schedule in the future. Experience with Polaris IS highly desirable. We are looking for someone who is focused on customer service, has a familiarity with computers and a knowledge of books. Must be physically capable of kneeling and bending to locate items. Starting salary is $15.30/hr.


Responsible for proper functioning of circulation services and designated patron services under the supervision of the Readers’ Services Manager.


  • Performs circulation desk duties: charges and discharges materials, issues library cards, reserves items, responds to patron account questions, empties book drop, and shelves books and other materials.
  • Assists patrons in finding information and resources.
  • Provides reader’s advisory services by developing knowledge of the library’s holdings, and locating and recommending books for patrons.
  • Explains library policy to members of the public and to other libraries as needed.
  • Understands how to use the catalog and other online resources. Provides instruction in their use to patrons, staff and volunteers.
  • Assists patrons with printing and computer questions.
  • Accepts reserves for library materials, handles interlibrary loan requests, and notifies patrons when items are available.
  • Opens and closes library as scheduled.
  • Straightens books on shelves and performs general shelf-reading duties as assigned.
  • Attends staff meetings and training as required.
  • Works on projects as assigned by the Readers’ Services Manager or Director.
  • Participates in additional assigned responsibilities that may include:
    • Lead book discussions
    • Create book displays
    • Process periodicals
    • Lead computer training workshops
    • Create and stock forms
    • Interlibrary loan management
    • Online book reviews
    • Overdue notices and bills
    • Periodicals retention
    • Reference Services
    • Technology maintenance


  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the general public and to maintain effective working relationships with other library staff.
  • Knowledge of library and clerical terminology, library procedures, use of computers and other equipment. Experience with Polaris highly desirable.
  • Ability to maintain established library records and files.
  • Knowledge of books — background in literature is helpful.
  • Strong organizational ability.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret policies and procedures of the library.
  • Proactive customer service orientation.

Submit your resume and cover letter to Laura Cole at or mail to Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville NJ 07924