Library Technician (Circulation) – The National Gallery of Art Library – Washington, D.C.

The primary purpose of this position is to assist with a wide variety of circulation and reader services for Gallery staff and outside readers.

Duties include retrieving materials from the stacks and reshelving returned materials, providing information and instruction on circulation procedures governing use of the Library collection, and maintaining automated and manual departmental files.

Knowledge and Skills:

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections and circulation desk procedures, online catalogs and Library of Congress classification,familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable. The work is physically demanding in that the employee is required to lift, climb, and stoop in shelving and retrieving books, some of which may be heavy.  A good deal of the workday is spent walking and standing since the books are shelved on seven Library floors. Applicants should be able to lift up to 50 pounds.


In order to qualify for these positions, an applicant must be registered at least as a half-time student and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The positions are limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbents earn sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.


Interested applicants should send résumés and any inquiries by email to:

John Hagood

Head of Reader Services

National Gallery of Art Library


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