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University at Buffalo Libraries

Student Assistant Employment Information

The University Libraries is comprised of several units, all of which employ Student Assistants. We are especially interested in increasing the diversity of its student staff. Therefore, we encourage applications by students from all ethnic groups. The tasks for which the services of Student Assistants are utilized vary from unit to unit as do the qualifications required to perform those tasks. To assist you in identifying particular libraries to which you may wish to apply for possible employment, and to identify the appropriate persons in those libraries to contact in that regard, please refer to the following:

Access Services – Document Delivery


  • Lockwood Memorial Library - North Campus
  • Health Sciences Library, South Campus

Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00
Contact: Cynthia Bertuca – 829-5738,
Access Services – Document Delivery provides books and journal articles to students, faculty and staff in support of their research and academic endeavors. Services are also provided to the Western New York community and other libraries around the world.

This position supports services, grants and special projects in the Access Services – Document Delivery Division of the University Libraries. Responsibilities may include:

Arts & Sciences Libraries

  • Architecture & Planning Library - Abbott Hall, South Campus
  • Capen Multimedia Center - Capen Hall, North Campus
  • Lockwood Memorial Library - North Campus
  • Silverman Library - Capen Hall, North Campus
Service Hours : See Library Hours
Contact: See Student Assistant Job Application Form

The Arts & Sciences Libraries (ASL) serve the instructional and research needs of students, faculty and staff in the UB College of Arts & Sciences, School of Architecture & Planning, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, School of Informatics, School of Management, School of Social Work and related academic areas. Services are also available to the Western New York community.

Student Assistant employment is available in a variety of service areas, including the Libraries Billing Office, Circulation, Course Reserve, Interlibrary Loan, and Stack Maintenance. Qualifications vary according to the task assigned. For public contact positions, applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively in the English language and must be self-motivated and able to meet high expectations for outstanding customer service. For some positions, computer database searching, word processing, clerical skills, foreign language capability and/or previous library experience may be required.

Please complete the online Student Assistant Job Application form to begin the application process.

Health Sciences Library

Location: Abbott Hall -- South Campus, 829-3900
Service Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 12 midnight
Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 12 noon - 12 midnight

Contact : See Student Assistant Job Application Form

The Health Sciences Library serves the instructional, research and clinical needs of the Schools of Dental Medicine, Public Health Health Professions, Health Related Professions, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy and the teaching hospitals. Its collection of books, journals, audio-visual materials, electronic resources and other information sources cover a wide range of health science subjects. Student Assistants are employed in the departments of Reference and Education Services, Information Delivery and Access Services, and Collection Management Services. Responsibilities vary depending on the Department in which you are assigned.

Applicants are expected to be self-disciplined, service oriented, mature, self-motivated and able to work with others. Departments of Reference and Education Services and Collection Management Services prefer the Department of Library and Information Studies students.

Please complete the online Student Assistant Job Application form to begin the application process.

Law Library

Location: O'Brian Hall -- North Campus
Service Hours: Monday through Sunday varying between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The Law Library serves the legal research needs of the University and the Western New York community. The library, which occupies six floors in the Law School building, houses 475,000 volumes covering U. S., foreign, and international law as well as law-related government documents and audiovisual materials. The usual responsibilities of Student Assistants in the various departments of the Law Library are described below.

  • Circulation/Reserve/Interlibrary Loan

    This department employs the majority of students who work in the Law Library. Student Assistants charge and discharge library materials using the computerized circulation system. Students also shelve books and periodicals, file legal loose-leaf services, and keep photocopy machines and public printers stocked with paper. The Interlibrary Loan students retrieve books, photocopy requests, and use the OCLC automated bibliographic database.
    Contact: Ms. Melissa Bednarz (7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. weekdays)

  • Audiovisual Services

    Student Assistants charge and discharge audiovisual equipment and materials at the A-V service desk, file microfiche and microfilm in appropriate cabinets, assist users in making microform copies and set up and operate audiovisual equipment in the Koren A-V Center and in law school classrooms. The Koren Audiovisual Center is located on the fifth floor of the Law Library.
    Contact: Mr. Terry McCormack (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays)
    Ms. Anne Marie Swartz (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays)

  • Reference Services

    Law or library science students with a strong legal research background assist in the law faculty document delivery service, collection development activities, maintaining the reference collection, and filing loose-leaf services.
    Contact: Ms. Marcia Zubrow (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays)

Music Library

Location: Baird Hall -- North Campus
Service Hours: Sunday through Friday varying between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Contact: Karen Ridler (9 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays, 645-2923)

The Music Library principally serves the faculty and students of the Department of Music and also supports programs in dance, jazz, African American studies, American studies, anthropology, music and liturgy. The collection includes scores, books, periodicals, microforms and audio and visual materials in various formats.

Student Assistants are employed in circulation activities, working directly with library users, and in shelving, processing new materials, and data entry. Applicants must be dependable, conscientious and have excellent verbal communication skills; keyboarding skills may be helpful.

The Poetry Collection

Location: 420 Capen Hall -- North Campus
Service Hours: Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Contact: Mike Basinski (9 - 5 weekdays, 645-2917)

The Poetry Collection is a specialized library which collects poetry published in English in the twentieth century. Its collections include approximately 110,000 volumes of first editions of poetry as well as large collections of literary manuscripts including James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Robert Graves, Dylan Thomas, Robert Kelly, The Jargon Society, and Robert Duncan.

The responsibilities of student assistants include creating physical descriptions for books under supervision, sorting and arranging archives that come in, searching the library catalog to support the collection development, retrieving and reshelving books.

The Poetry Collection also operates computer-based research projects. Applicants should be accurate, careful, and be able to greet patrons with courtesy and discernment. Graduate students with computer experience are greatly preferred for these positions.

Last Update: 12 June, 2014