Student Employment

The Mildred F. Sawyer Library routinely hires Suffolk students on a part time basis to assist in the day to day operation of the library. The library may hire students both with work study allotments and those without. Additionally, international students may apply for work at Sawyer Library.

Job Requirements

  • Punctuality
  • Good communication skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Previous library or retail experience a plus, but not required
  • Current enrollment at Suffolk University

Working in the Circulation Department

New student hires are given shifts of at least two hours each. For work study students, the starting wage is set by the Financial Aid Office.

The hiring process begins one month before the start of a new semester. At times, positions will be available during the school year. Please check at the main Circulation desk to learn if there are any mid-semester positions available.

Shifts are assigned based on availability and experience. You will not be asked to work shifts that conflict with your classes, but it up to you to manage your time in regards to balancing your coursework and shifts. Due to the number of students seeking on campus work, those students who repeatedly do not show up for their assigned shifts will be fired in order to give another student an opportunity to work. Punctuality and reliability are very important to this position.

If you are interested in applying for work at Sawyer Library, please click the link below. You will then fill out an online application. If your application warrants a further interview, you will be contacted by the Head of Circulation via email. If you are not contacted within a few weeks of your application, that means your application has been declined, usually due to there not being any shifts that match your availability. Your application will be kept on file and if a shift opens up, you will be contacted.

Please note these positions are for students at Suffolk University only.

Working in the ILL Department

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides document delivery services to obtain materials that the Sawyer Library does not already own or have direct access to. The job will require student workers to retrieve and check out books, scan/photocopy articles, and prepare these materials to be sent out. There will also be some light Reference tasks. If your application fits our needs, you will be contacted by the Interlibrary Loan Assistant via email.

Application form for the Circulation Department

Application form for the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department