Student Employment

If you are a UGA student searching for a great campus job, employment as a Student Assistant with the  University of Georgia Libraries can provide you with a convenient, student-oriented job that will offer you skill building opportunities for future employment.

With almost every department employing students part-time, the Libraries averages a student workforce of 200. We realize that academics are a priority for you so we offer a variety of times and flexible schedules. Some departments offer the possibility of advancement to Senior Student Assistant positions that could offer you the benefits of higher pay, increased responsibility, and management experience

Employment Eligibility

If you are registered as a student at the University of Georgia then you are eligible for employment.  Under this policy, students in high school or from other universities or colleges are not eligible for employment.  Job opportunities exist for you whether or not you are eligible for financial aid.

Pay Rates

The Libraries offer a salary of $7.25 with additional compensation offered based upon the time of day worked and the level of job responsibility.  Longevity increases for student assistants are contingent upon funds being available.

Application Procedure

Available student assistant positions at the Libraries are frequently posted on Handshake, which can be accessed from the UGA Career Center website. This website will lead you through registering and using the system. Once you find a position that interests you, follow the instructions on the posting to apply directly to an individual supervisor in the Libraries.

Some supervisors also rely on recommendations from current student assistants for potential applicants. If you have friends or classmates who already work in the library, let them know of your interest and ask that they recommend you should an opening occur.

Potential Employment Areas

Access Services Department

Students employed in these areas are responsible for collecting books, periodicals, and other items pulled from Libraries shelves and returning the items to their proper locations; for charging items out to patrons, discharging returned items, collecting fines, and direct public service duties. Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.

Digital Library of Georgia

Students employed in this area are responsible for microphotography, digital imaging, document transcription, editing, and data entry. Regular business hours are observed; evening and weekend hours are not required.

Acquisitions and Serials Services Department 

Students employed in these areas are responsible for assisting patrons in locating periodicals, journals, microforms, and newspapers, for returning items to their proper locations, and for direct public service duties. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Media Desk 

Students employed in this area are responsible for assisting patrons in accessing and using various films and recordings (motion pictures, television, and radio programs). Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Reference Department

Students employed in this area are responsible for assisting patrons with research questions, searching library databases, and basic computer troubleshooting. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Security Unit

Students employed in this area are responsible for the safety and security of Libraries' patrons, staff, collections, and facilities. The Security Unit is part of the Libraries' Access Services Department.  Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Technical Processing Areas

Students employed in these areas are responsible for various aspects of ordering and receipt of materials requisitioned for the Libraries' collections. Examples of areas include the Acquisitions Department and the Cataloging Department.

Special Collections Libraries 

Students employed in these areas perform a wide variety of responsibilities that incorporate portions of all previously listed positions. The Special Collections Libraries are housed in the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building and includes the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Other Employment Options

"The Miller Learning Center has a variety of student employment opportunities, including positions as a Security Assistant, Overnight Security Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and EITS Consultant. Applications for Security and Administrative Assistant positions can be found in MLC Admin Office, Room 373. Applications for EITS Consultant positions can be found via Handshake (the new DawgLink)."

The Science Library seeks applications separately from the Main Library. Application forms are available at the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Science Library (2-4535).

Student Financial Aid Options

The University's Student Financial Aid Office can assist you with questions concerning other financial aid opportunities such as the the Federal Work Study Program