Employment Opportunities

Alexandria Library is a great library system to work for, rich in history and located in a city which boasts incredible diversity. We proudly reflect that diversity, with 22 different languages spoken by our 102 staff members. Positions include full-time, part- time, and seasonal jobs in both professional and paraprofessional capacities. Vacancies are posted as they occur, so check back often. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at Alexandria Library!



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Library Aide -- Beatley Central -- (Part-Time, 15 hours)

Sunday Librarian I -- Beatley Central -- (Part-Time, 4 hours)


Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

The Alexandria Library is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the Circulation team at the Beatley Library. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy main library. Under the direction of the Circulation Manager, this position is responsible for direct customer service to patrons.


• Register patrons for library cards, check items in/out and retrieve materials for patrons;
• Answer questions and direct phone calls;
• Collect fines and fees associated with library services;
• Assist patrons with searches, locating materials, using online databases, computers, printers, self- check machines, photocopiers and change machines;
• Organize materials to be shelved and
• Additional duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public;
• Ability to bend, stoop, lift and stretch in order to manage materials.

Minimum requirements:

High School Diploma or GED is required; some college education is preferred. Library Page (Page I) experience is desirable. Physically lift and carry materials either loose or in bags/boxes weighing up to 40 pounds. Must be able to push fully loaded book carts. A knowledge of, or willingness to learn, library practices (including the use of computers and other technologies) is required.

Other library experience, customer service experience, office work, or volunteer experience can be applied.

Compensation: $13.719 per hour

Location: Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903

Schedule: 15 hours per week. Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the library and will include every Saturday, 10am-5pm. This position is seasonal and not eligible for benefits.

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Sandra Holt, Circulation Manager, Charles E Beatley, Jr, Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Phone 703.746.1731.

Applications received by July 3, 2015 will receive first consideration; however, the position is open until filled.








Under the direct supervision of the Sunday Services Manager, the incumbent is responsible for assisting patrons at the Reference/Information Desk and providing general support for the Adult Services Department. 



  • Answers all types of reference questions using traditional, electronic, and internet sources in an efficient and courteous manner. 
  • Staffs the information desk to assist library patrons in-person and by phone with inquiries regarding library materials and other sources of information.
  • Assists patrons with the online catalog, electronic reference services, and with the automated internet registration and printing. 
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public. 
  • Furnishes information about library activities, facilities, rules and services.
  • Helps patrons with other community services provided through the library, including but not limited to, passport processing.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of reference sources; some knowledge of books and authors.
  • Ability to instruct patrons using various technologies.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure.
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of patrons in a calm and courteous manner.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library patrons.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both orally and in writing.   


Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of e-Readers and e-Book mobile applications.
  • Public library experience.



Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school. Applicant must possess or obtain, within 3 months of hire, a license to practice as a registered professional librarian issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Salary: $ 21.819/hour


Schedule: 4 hours per week – every Sunday 1-5 PM


Location: Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903


Application Instructions:

Click here to apply, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Rebecca LaPlante, Librarian II, Charles E Beatley, Jr, Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Fax to 703-746-1763. For questions, contact 703-746-1701 or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us.