Job Opportunities At The Sycamore Public Library

It is the policy of the Sycamore Public Library to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, unfavorable military discharge (for non-fiduciary positions), genetic information, or any other protected status based on local, state, or federal law. We will provide reasonable accommodations to allow you to participate in the application process (i.e., accommodations for a test or job interview) if you indicate such a need.

The Sycamore Public Library employs 27 staff members and has an operating budget of just under $1.3 million. Sycamore Public Library is a municipal library governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor and City Council for three-year terms.

We are always looking for talented and engaged people to join our staff. View our current job openings below and see if any opportunities match your skills and interests.

Assists with overall maintenance, repair, landscaping, snow removal, and small construction
projects within the Sycamore Public Library and its grounds.
Status: Part-Time (15 hours per week)
Classification: Hourly
Reports to: Business Manager
Schedule: Flexible; determined on a weekly basis based on business needs
Pay Range: $15.25 – $19.25 per hour

Essential Duties
• Performs duties that keep building, grounds, and walkways clean, safe, and orderly
• Uses common hand tools, power saws and drills, snow removal equipment, tape measures,
calculators, computers, and telephones to complete assigned job tasks
• Secures supplies for and performs minor repairs on building, furniture, and grounds
• Assists departments with moving furniture and other heavy items
• Monitors all mechanical equipment in the building and notifies the Office Manager and/or
Executive Director of any problems or abnormalities
• Assess building and ground issues and recommend solutions
• Assists outside vendors and contractors with performing testing procedures, cleaning, and
maintaining mechanical and electrical equipment, as directed
• Other duties, as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Mechanical aptitude and basic knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, and electrical repair
• Able to work independently and adjust work priorities, as needed
• Able to lift, push, pull, and carry objects of up to 80 lbs.
• Able to stand, climb, and perform work on a 8ft ladder
• Able to work in extreme outdoor weather conditions
• Able to handle emergency situations in a calm, capable manner
• Able to work and communicate effectively with library staff and patrons
• Able to see objects and numbers in detail and close-up
• Able to hear, comprehend, and respond to others verbally and in writing
• Able to tolerate high noise levels, fumes, and cleaning chemicals
• Able to perform repetitive hand motions for extended periods of time
• Able to drive a car and hold a valid Illinois driver’s license
• Previous experience working with building supply vendors and contractors a plus

Provides reference services, maintains displays, collections, and spaces; delivers programs and
services within the Adult Services department.
Job Level: 3
Status: Part-Time (16 hours per week)
Classification: Hourly
Reports to: Adult Services Manager
Schedule: Varies; flexible based on business needs, outreach activities, and desk schedule
Pay Range: $14.34 – $15.21; additional compensation for LTA, MLS/MLIS

Essential Duties
• Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons
• Helps patrons with computer, printing, and faxing services
• Creates displays and materials to promote library collections
• Assists in the planning and delivery of adult programs and outreach activities
• Makes recommendations for materials based on patron feedback and industry print/electronic resources
• Provides 1:1 and group assistance with technology, software applications, and devices
• Maintains order and cleanliness of department and patron areas
• Assists with opening and closing procedures

• High school diploma or GED required; Associate’s degree desired
• Excellent customer service skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications and electronic devices
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; bilingual skills a plus

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Able to think creatively and communicate effectively with others
• Able to multi-task and adjust work priorities, as needed
• Able to adapt to change and work well as part of a team
• Able to solve problems and handle escalated situations in a calm, capable manner
• Proficient in Microsoft Office products, basic email applications, and Internet browsers
• Proficient with the operation and basic troubleshooting of desktop computers, laptops, portable projection equipment, and a variety of smartphones and tablets
• Able to hear, comprehend, and respond to others verbally and in writing
• Able to drive a car and hold a valid Illinois driver’s license
• Experience or interest in Technical Instruction a plus
• Bilingual skills a plus


Get a better idea of what we do by learning about our mission, vision, and the policies that guide our work, our staff, and our board.


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