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16 Sep 2023


Adult Librarian

New York Public Library

 New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

The Library is seeking Adult Librarians to cultivate creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information. Successful candidates will embody each of these four characteristics themselves.

Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island


Key Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of their Manager, the Adult Librarian:

  • Provides reference service and resource recommendations using print, media and digital resources
  • Collaborates with the Adult Educational Services Department to develop, promote, facilitate, present and evaluate innovative programs to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s adult population including book discussions, author talks, technology classes, financial literacy sessions, arts and wellness activities, and a variety of other programs both in the Library and throughout the community
  • Partners with the collection development team to build and maintain the Adult collection ensuring it is diverse, current, and relevant and meets the needs of the community
  • Works to engage adults with the collection in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones
  • Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community based organizations, city support agencies, adult educational institutions and local businesses to promote the library’s services, programs and collections with a focus on adults
  • Encourages digital literacy and provides technology instruction
  • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the adult space, ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources
  • Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest
  • Mentors library staff in preparing and presenting adult programs
  • Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, reserves and opening/closing procedures
  • May take responsibility for the facility, staff and operations in the absence of the Library Manager
  • Maintains a working knowledge of trends in adult literature, educational and development needs, adult services and the profession through webinars, internal training, meetings, conferences, professional literature and organizational memberships
  • Performs related duties as required

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Experience

  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies
  • Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York

Required Skills

  • Strong commitment to public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
  • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for adults
  • Knowledge of Adult literature and experience maintaining an Adult collection
  • Experience building partnerships with local organizations to better meet the needs of community users
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs and e-reader devices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer services including online searching, social media, reference resources and databases

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends for adults in urban public libraries preferred


The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.


Core Values
All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
  • Be Resourceful in solving problems
  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work
  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive

Work Environment

  • Public service library

Physical Duties

  • Lifting up to 15 lbs.
  • Sitting and standing for periods of time
  • Daily use of a computer

Pre-Placement Physical Required?

Union/Non Union

FLSA Status


  • 35 hours per week to be scheduled during regular branch hours

Compensation:  $66,191 / year


About The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at


How to Apply

Please apply online:  NYPL jobs



Full-Time Job in Library:
Adult Librarian
New York Public Library
 New York, New York, United States

Job Categories: Library. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: culture, library, non-profit, and NYPL. States: New York.