Student Employment Opportunities

The University of Chicago Library is one of the largest employers of students on campus. We have a variety of different student positions throughout all of the University libraries (including the Regenstein, Mansueto, Crerar, Social Services Administration, and D'Angelo Law libraries) and offer opportunities for students from all disciplines and with all levels of experience.


Student positions at the University of Chicago Library are available only to current University of Chicago students who are enrolled at least half-time. Incoming students are not permitted to hold student positions until the quarter in which they enroll. This means if you will begin your studies at the University in the fall, you will not be eligible for Library student employment until Autumn Quarter begins.

According to the University of Chicago Student Manual, a registered student employed by the University may work no more than 20 hours per week total while classes are in session.

For more information about working at the University, please visit UChicago Student Employment.

Collective Bargaining

Student employees of the University of Chicago Libraries are represented by Local 743 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. For more information, see the full bargaining agreement.

How to Apply

Students interested in working for the Library must apply online via the Library Student Employment Application. You will be prompted to provide your CNet ID and password in order to access the application.

Once submitted, your application will be available to all hiring managers for 12 weeks. The Library uses a pool application system, rather than asking students to apply for individual jobs; on the application, you can indicate your specific areas of interest.

Please make sure you include your scheduling availability on the application, including the number of hours you would like to work each week. Because certain departments require availability during standard business hours (i.e., Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), many supervisors weed applications based on availability.

We welcome applicants with work-study awards. If you have received a Federal Work-Study Award, please be sure to include the award amount on your application.

If a hiring manager determines that your skills, experience, interests, and availability would be a good fit for an open position, they will contact you.

While we wish that we could offer every interested student a job, it's simply not possible. We receive hundreds of applications every year, and there are only a handful of available jobs at a time. Job availability usually depends on student employee turnover, so there is no way to predict when jobs will become available.

If you encounter any issues with the application system, please email Library HR.

Interested in a Specific Unit?

We welcome applications from interested students at any time.

On the application, students can indicate departments and functions of interest. If we have specific opportunities currently available, we'll list them below.

Indigenous Digital Language Creator

Exhibit Assistant

Rare Books Student Assistant

South Asian Student Copy Cataloger Assistant

Processing Assistant

Receiving and Rapid Cataloging Student Assistant

GIS Graduate Student Specialist

Student Payments Assistant

Exhibit Assistant

Student Assistant for Korean Section

Serials Processor

Archives and Manuscripts Assistant

Dissertation Office Student Assistant

Crerar Historical Collection Preservation Student Assistant

Data Management Library Student Assistant

Preservation - Student Digitization Assistant

Student Computing Assistant

Bookstacks Student Assistant

Slavic & East European Materials Assistant

Maps Collection Student Assistant

Even if no specific positions are posted here, we may still be hiring.

After Being Hired

Student employees must report to Library Human Resources before their first day of work to complete new hire tasks.

New employees must present identification to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include:

  • US Passport
  • driver's license/state ID/school ID and social security card.
  • Other documents as described in USCIS Form I-9

Library Human Resources staff must see the original documentation; photocopies and scans are not acceptable. International students will require additional documentation, and may be required to apply for a Social Security Number.

New student employees may not begin working until all new hire tasks have been completed.

Please be advised that students are employed on a quarter-by-quarter basis. Generally, a student may expect to continue in a position for the regular academic year. However, continued employment is based on the Library's needs and budget, and the student employee's ability to meet departmental performance standards.

For additional information regarding student positions, please contact Library Human Resources.