JOB: Library Assistant, Part-time, The Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco

The Mechanics’ Institute (MI) is seeking a Library Assistant to support the work of the organization. Reporting to the Library Manager, the Library Assistant performs customer service, clerical, and technical tasks typical of a small, busy library. Library Assistants staff the circulation desk, providing courteous and accurate service to Mechanics’ Institute members.


  • checking out and receiving library materials
  • keeping accurate circulation records
  • registering new members
  • receiving and recording payment of fines
  • materials processing
  • shelving and shelf-reading using alphabetical and Dewey Decimal classification systems
  • utilizing a computer to retrieve information and input data
  • creating library documents such as holds slips, overdue notices, paging lists, and other related documents
  • articulating library policies and procedures to library members
  • providing information and assistance to library members and visitors
  • providing assistance with and troubleshooting of public and workstation computers
  • handling other tasks as assigned


  • customer service experience
  • fluency in use of computers and technology
  • experience using Millennium software or demonstrating the ability to learn new systems and software
  • ability to work independently
  • effective communication skills – with patrons, colleagues, and supervisors
  • availability to work weekends and evenings, with occasional on-call shifts

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a part-time, non-exempt position.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Membership to Mechanics’ Institute is included.

To Apply

  • Send cover letter and resume to and include “Library Assistant” in the subject line.
  • Include salary requirement (a range is fine).
  • Position will remain open until filled.
  • No phone calls please.