Temporary Legal Reference Librarian – Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Title: Legal Reference Librarian
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Global Legal Research Directorate/Public Services Division
Series: 1410
Grade: GS 11
Duration: Not to Exceed 120 days
Tour of Duty: Full-time, fixed schedule


The Law Library of Congress seeks a well-qualified legal reference librarian with relevant education and experience providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clients in a large law library or similar legal information organization. This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  The duties of this position include the following:

  • Responds to legal and legislative inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees and other congressional offices, federal courts, government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received in person, by telephone, in writing, and by electronic means. 
  • Prepares tailored written responses to digital reference and research inquiries. 
  • Instructs onsite and remote patrons on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print resources and databases, as well as online collections. 
  • Directs patrons to proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress. 
  • Reviews print, electronic, and/or microform collections as assigned and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage. 
  • Carries out technical and service functions to access, arrange, describe, preserve, or dispose of Law Library collection materials. 
  • Delivers orientations and briefings on Law Library services and collections and/or tours of the Law Library, as assigned. 
  • Liaises or communicates with librarians and other information professionals both within the Library of Congress and outside of the organization.
  • Participates in special projects and programs as assigned.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Substantial knowledge of US federal and state law research methods and resources; familiarity with comparative, foreign, and international law research methods and resources.
  • Knowledge of law library practices and procedures, especially in providing legal reference services.
  • Ability to perform legal and legislative reference duties with minimal direct supervision. 
  • Ability to apply a strong public service demeanor when providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding users. 
  • Ability to interact effectively with Members of Congress and their staff; Law Library and Library of Congress staff; federal and state court and agency staff and librarians; representatives of foreign, international, federal, and state governments; and dignitaries, attorneys, students, and members of the public. 
  • Ability to provide concise as well as thorough oral and written research guidance utilizing creative methodologies to respond to complex inquiries. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to timely execute and complete assignments working independently and in collaboration with other division and Law Library staff.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, to complete multiple time-sensitive assignments and projects at the same time, and to work well under pressure. 
  • Ability to aid in guidance of junior professional and technical staff. 
  • Ability to utilize information technology (online databases and Library catalog) and applicable software (Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to LLCTemp@loc.gov by close of business Thursday, January 16, 2020 that includes your expression of interest, a copy of your resume, and your official college transcripts.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to LLCTemp@loc.gov.

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