P-T Readers' Services Assistant, Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville

The Bernardsville Public Library is seeking a part time Readers’ Services Assistant with a minimum of 1-year public library experience to work at the circulation desk Wednesdays 10-6, Thursdays 10-2, and Fridays 10-5 along with 1-2 Saturdays a month, and an occasional evening or Sunday. Experience with Polaris highly desirable. We are looking for someone who is focused on customer service, and has a familiarity with computers and a knowledge of books. Must be physically capable of kneeling and bending to locate items. 

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


  • Performs circulation desk duties: Charges and discharges materials, issues library cards, reserves items, reviews interlibrary loan requests, 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. 
  • Monitors and observes public use of the library and makes suggestions for improvements. 
  • Straightens books on shelves and performs general shelf-reading duties as assigned. 
  • Attends staff meetings and training as requested. 
  • Works on projects as assigned by the Readers’ Services Manager or Director. 

Participates in additional assigned responsibilities that may include: 

  • Acquisitions 
  • Book discussion leading 
  • Book displays 
  • Cash deposits 
  • Catalog and process periodicals 
  • Collection development/management 
  • Computer records management 
  • Computer training workshops leading 
  • Disabled services development/implementation 
  • Forms creation and stocking 
  • Interlibrary loan management 
  • Online book reviews 
  • Overdue notices and bills 
  • Periodicals retention 
  • Reference Services 
  • Technology maintenance duties 
  • Minimum of 1-year public library experience 
  • Experience with Polaris highly desirable. 
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the general public and to maintain effective working relationships with other library staff. 
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with reference tools needed for basic research, including Internet resources. 
  • Thorough knowledge of library and clerical terminology, library procedures, use of computers and other equipment. 
  • Ability to maintain established library records and files. 
  • Knowledge of books -- background in literature helpful. 
  • Strong organizational ability. 
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret regulations, policies and procedures of the library. 
  • Proactive customer service orientation. 
Job Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
Public/Adult Services
Starting salary is $15.60/hr.
How To Apply:: 

Submit your resume and cover letter to Laura Cole at: lcole@bernardsvillelibrary.org or Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville NJ 07924