Durham Public Library

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Job Openings at DPL

Substitute Library Assistant, Part-time, Durham Public Library

Position Description: Friendly, patient, multi-tasker needed to join a dedicated staff at the Durham Public Library. Candidate must enjoy working with patrons of all ages; have good communication skills, both oral and written; be computer literate; be comfortable assisting patrons; able to assist with library programs and events.  


Hours:  Substitute Library Assistants are called on an as-needed basis to work shifts to cover sick leave, vacations, maternity leave, weekend and evening shifts. In most cases, notice is provided in advance.



  • Perform general circulation duties.
  • Shelve library materials.
  • Provide strong customer service.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work collegially.
  • Assist children, young adults, and adults with reference questions and help connect them to materials and information.
  • Process library materials.
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to operate a computer
  • Ability to work cheerfully and independently
  • Good sense of humor
  • Library experience is preferred but is not required.


Salary:  $15.00 per hour. This part-time position does not include benefits.


Position open until filled. Send resumes to sbass@ci.durham.nh.us    Attn:  Sheryl Bass

Other:  Background check required

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in carrying and shelving books, and in performing other typical library functions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move material weighing up to 35 lbs. May be required to push or pull book trucks weighing up to 150 pounds. Vision and hearing at, or correctable to, normal ranges is necessary. Depth, color, peripheral, and distance vision routinely required. Standing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, and reaching routinely required.



Volunteering at DPL

Volunteers are an essential part of the work at the Durham Public Library. Those interested can volunteer their time on an individual basis by calling us at 868-6699 or stopping by the circulation desk. Others may want to join the Friends of the Library; the Friends do organized fundraising for the library and support the staff in many ways. To contact the Friends, email them at friendsdpl@yahoo.com.

Typical jobs include:

  • Setting up and cleanup for book sales or other events
  • Being flexible to assist the librarians with a variety of tasks (organizing, sorting, cleaning)
  • Computer projects
  • Constructing crafts for children’s story time

Volunteer Application:

If you would like to volunteer at the library, simply print and complete the application below and bring it with you to the library. Please call us if you have any questions. 

Requirements for teen volunteers:

  • Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age
  • Volunteers less than 18 years old must submit a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian
  • Fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) year olds must get a Youth Employment Certificate from their school
  • Volunteers younger than 18 must supply proof of age (copy of a birth certificate; driver's license)

Forms for teen volunteers: