Volunteer at the Library

New volunteer opportunity for youth! If you love to read and like sharing your opinions, have we got a job for you! Join our Teen Reviewers and share your insights on books and media by creating reviews in a variety of formats. 

Find out more information, visit Programs for Teens.

The Friends of the Library need volunteers to help sort donated books throughout the year and to staff their Book Sales.

The Visiting Library Service uses volunteer drivers to deliver books to homebound members in the City of Peterborough.

Career Opportunities

To see and apply for available jobs at the library, check out the City of Peterborough Careers page of their website.

Canada Summer Jobs Positions, 2022

The Library is hiring for three CSJ positions in 2022. The deadline for applications is May 27, 2022. Please read below for more information on each position. If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume to Mark Stewart, mstewart@peterborough.ca, clearly stating which position you are applying for.

The anticipated start date for all three positions is Monday June 27, 2022. 

Library Aide - Adult Programming and Outreach Assistant

Hourly wage = $15/hour

Start June 27 for 8 weeks, 35 hours per week. Working at least 1 evening per week and every other Saturday (with the following Monday off).

Under the supervision of the Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian, the Adult Programming and Outreach Assistant will:

  • Assist in the set-up, clean-up and provision of library programs for adults and teens throughout the summer months both onsite at the Library and outside/offsite at a variety of other locations (for example, farmer’s markets, community events, parks)
  • Operate the library’s power-assisted Book Bike to provide outdoor outreach activities throughout the city
  • Assist with preparation and assembly of materials used in programs and/or to be taken home by participants
  • Provide program support for both in-person and virtual programs (using Zoom)
  • Assist with the checking in and out of library materials, as well as registering and updating library user membership records at outreach events
  • Supervise program participants of all ages during film screening programs
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

 Qualifications required:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Facility with computers and following procedures
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision if required
  • Personal attributes: excellent customer service skills; good communication and interpersonal skills; problem-solving; flexibility; creative abilities
  • Demonstrate a love of reading and stories, and an ability to discuss books, graphic novels or film

 

Library Aide - Children’s Summer Program Assistant

Hourly wage = $15/hour

Start June 27 for 8 weeks, 35 hours per week. Working at least 1 evening per week and every other Saturday (with the following Monday off).

Under the supervision of the Children’s Services Librarian, the Children’s Summer Program Assistant will:

  • Promote and support registration in the TD Summer Reading Club
  • Assist in the set-up, clean-up and provision of children’s literacy and information-based programs throughout the summer months both onsite at the Library and outside/offsite at a variety of community parks and other locations (for example, farmer’s markets, community events)
  • Assist with preparation and assembly of materials used in summer programs and/or to be taken home by participants
  • Assist with the checking in and out of library materials, as well as registering and updating library user membership records at outreach events
  • Supervise children and their families during film screening programs
  • Occasionally attend Library programs on- and offsite dressed in Library mascot costume and/or assist other staff dressed as mascot, following Library’s Mascot & Handler Protocols
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications required:

  • Must enjoy, and have experience working with children of all ages and abilities
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Facility with computers and following procedures
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision if required
  • Personal attributes: excellent customer service skills; good communication and interpersonal skills; problem-solving; flexibility; creative abilities

 

Communications Specialist – Marketing Assistant

Hourly wage = $15/hour

Start June 27 for 8 weeks, 35 hours per week.

This role will be responsible for supporting the efforts of the Marketing and Communications Coordinator in promoting the collections, services and programs offered at the Peterborough Public Library.

Reports to:

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Develop and implement a video content strategy for the Library including Instagram Reels
  • Assist in the development of Google Ad Grant launch
  • Create content to be included in monthly newsletters, website and program guides across departments in the library
  • Prepare reports on website and social media statistics and trends
  • Assist with the development and execution of social media posts for various platforms and manage comments on social media.
  • Brainstorm content ideas for the month ahead as well as identify any notable dates that should be highlighted on our social channels.
  • Gather, classify, and organize keywords, hashtags, and followers through various tools and techniques

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision if required
  • Personal attributes: good communication and interpersonal skills; problem-solving; flexibility; creative abilities, understanding of social media, digital strategy and Google Ad Words a bonus.

If you are curious about what we do at the Library, check out these short job descriptions:

Caretaker

  • Cleans all library branches
  • Assists with regular maintenance
  • Maintains library property in all seasons (includes shovelling snow, raking, and cutting grass)
  • Sets up rooms as requested by renters

Clerk

  • Checks library items in and out
  • Handles cash, records any fines or charges paid, and issues receipts
  • Registers new library members and updates their accounts
  • Processes and repairs library items
  • Answers library members questions

Librarian

  • May have a focus in Children's, Adult, Collections or Access services
  • Provides advanced or complex information assistance to the public
  • Plans and delivers library programs
  • Purchases and evaluates library materials
  • Investigates new trends in technology and digital products
  • Assists in testing best practices and new technologies
  • Participates in external committees or associations and in library special events

Marketing & Communications

  • Coordinates and produces marketing materials for the library
  • Investigates new trends in marketing and communication tools
  • Assists in testing best practices and new technologies
  • Coordinates and monitors social media accounts
  • Participates in external committees or associations
  • Advocates for the library

Management

  • Non-union positions
  • Includes both the Library Services Manager and the Library CEO
  • Develops library policies and procedures
  • Prepares reports and collects statistical data
  • Manages the annual budget
  • Advocates for the library

Page

  • Sorts and shelves books and other library materials
  • Shelf reads to check that library materials are in order
  • Straightens and tidies library shelves, tables and chairs
  • Cleans and inspects library materials
  • Provides brief and directional information to library members

Supervisor

May have a focus in Circulation or Custodial services

  • Responsible for routine maintenance and desk duties
  • Schedules desk shifts for staff

Technician

  • Provides reference assistance and readers advisory to library members
  • Helps community members use the library, the website, and its resources
  • Prepares reports and collect statistical data
  • Catalogues, orders and/or processes library materials
  • Creates marketing materials
  • Plans and delivers library programs