P-T Sunday Reference Librarian, Plainsboro Public Library, Plainsboro

Plainsboro Public Library seeks an energetic and self- motivated Reference Librarian to work on Sundays. The ideal candidate will provide friendly, high quality customer service to patrons of all ages at the Reference Desk. A Reference Librarian conducts ready-reference using print and digital resources as well as performing in-depth research to answer complex questions. A Reference Librarian is attuned to technology trends and is comfortable using various forms of technology. A Reference Librarian provides notary public services to the public. 

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Answering ready-reference requests at the Reference Desk or over the phone to patrons of all ages; 
  • Conducting reference interviews on complex research requests such as health, business, and other specialized requests and performing research;
  • Providing instruction to patrons in the use of library catalog, website, eBooks and eMagazine collections; and reference resources; 
  • Maintaining knowledge of key library print and electronic resources within a department, including, but not limited to, common websites and search engines, databases and digital content collections in assist patrons; 
  • Submitting interlibrary loan requests through Jersey Cat system; 
  • Providing Notary Public services to residents;
  • Answering and routing telephone calls;
  • Providing customers with directional assistance and/or directing them to the appropriate service desk for help;
  • Providing customers with assistance at the public computers and printers including troubleshooting problems;
  • Receiving and responding to customer compliments, complaints and suggestions; Referring complaints and suggestions from the public to the Reference Supervisor when appropriate;
  • Exercising proper procedure for evacuation of public and staff during an emergency or drill; and
  • Performing related tasks as required.

Schedule: 5 hours per week; Sundays 12 -5 pm.


A Reference Librarian must have some knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation;
  • current trends in the delivery of reference services and library research techniques;
  • library software, apps and common computer software such as MS Office; and
  • subject-specialized databases and how to use digital resources such as eBooks, eMagazines and streaming content

A Reference Librarian must have the ability to:

  • communicate ideas clearly with patrons and co-workers both orally and in writing; 
  • read and comprehend material quickly;
  • work independently and show initiative; 
  • learn how to use new information resources and software;
  • exercise initiative and independent judgment; and 
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and library staff.

Education and experience: A Reference Librarian must have a Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school and some public library experience. Demonstrated knowledge of technology is expected. The Reference Librarian must possess a certificate as Librarian issued by the State of New Jersey. A Reference Librarian must meet the qualifications to be appointed as a Notary Public; must be 18 years or older and never been convicted of a crime under the laws of any state or the United States, for an offense involving dishonesty, or a crime of the first or second degree. 

Plainsboro Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicant must comply with the “NJ First Act.”
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
Public/Adult Services
$29.03 per hour
How To Apply:: 

For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to: 
Plainsborojobs@lmxac.org Include “Part-time Reference Librarian” in the email subject line. Please no phone calls. Only candidates selected for interviews will be notified. Employment offers are conditional upon a successful background and reference check and include a six month probationary period.