Jobs at the library

When available, current library job openings will be listed in the paragraph(s) below along with a link to the full job description and job application. Unsolicited applications and/or resumes will not be kept on file.

Download and print a DPPL job application and then submit one of the following ways:

  1. Mail:  Carol Kidd, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines IL 60016
  2. Scan and email:  
  3. Fax:  847-827-7974

The Des Plaines Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Administrative Services Clerk

Are you a detail oriented, extremely organized people person? As the ideal candidate for this position you will have strong communication skills and excellent customer service. You will serve as receptionist to staff and public. You will be responsible for processing invoices and vouchers for payment, preparing the bi-weekly payroll and serving as purchasing agent for the library in purchasing supplies, materials and services. You will assist the Human Resources Manager in the preparation of the monthly Board of Trustees packet. You may take minutes at Board and committee meetings.

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Preschool Liaison Librarian

The title of this job really should be “Celebrity to the under-5 Set”

…because although the job description says your title would be School Liaison Librarian, this particular librarian will be coordinator of all things Preschool Outreach and Early Literacy. The successful candidate will serve as the library’s preschool liaison to two school districts and many area private and parochial preschools. Expect that kids from all over the city will want to see you when they visit the library. Children will run up to you at the supermarket, point and say, “I know you! Weren’t you in Farm Animals?”

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Part-time Readers’ Services Assistant

If you would thrive at a job where “work, learn & play” is the motto for the employees as well as the patrons, this is your job.  The award-winning Des Plaines Public Library is searching for a part-time Readers’ Services Assistant who loves books, movies, music and working with people.  We are seeking someone who has a broad knowledge of fiction and is fluent with online searching, digital downloading and social networking.  Responsibilities include selecting titles for our fiction and documentary collections; writing book reviews, bibliographies and blog posts; doing community outreach; creating programs and displays; instructing patrons about our digital collections and our digital devices as well as serving our wonderful patrons at the Readers’ Services desk.

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Youth Services Assistant - Full-time

Youth Services…do you have it in you? Without a doubt you love and recommend books and other materials for kids and young adults, can search a database for just the right tidbit of information, can plan and execute the perfectly organized program (all of which we would require of you here). But to do all these things with energy, passion, and a little side of silly when it’s needed is what makes you well-suited for our busy and dynamic Youth Services department.

Duties include providing awesome reference and readers’ advisory services using a variety of resources, assisting with and developing programs that rock for children from birth through eighth grade and their families, and collection development in specific areas. Spanish and/or Polish language skills are definitely a plus, please be sure to indicate any additional languages.

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