Harvard College Library, as part of Harvard University, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Harvard encourages all qualified applicants to apply for our openings regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

It is the policy of Harvard College Library (HCL) to establish and adhere to standard recruitment procedures. It is HCL's policy that recruitment to fill full-time and part-time staff positions reflects a balanced commitment to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, sound human resources practices, and the mission and goals of the Library.

Benefited Positions

Administrative/Professional Positions

The majority of staff in this category are librarians who hold a graduate degree in library science and/or other advanced degree(s). This employment category also includes other professional and administrative/management positions that require specialized knowledge and experience.

Support Staff Positions

Support staff positions, also referred to as overtime-eligible, may be full-time or part-time. The majority of HCL employees in this category are library assistants, but examples of other position titles include staff assistant, microfilm camera operator, and accounting assistant. Most employees hired in overtime-eligible positions are members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW).

Applying for Benefited Positions

Administrative/professional staff and support staff positions for Harvard College Library are posted at www.employment.harvard.edu on the Employment at Harvard web site. To apply for a position, please visit www.employment.harvard.edu and attach your resumé and cover letter including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to the desired requisition. Both external candidates and internal candidates applying for transfer or promotion should follow this procedure.

Interview Process for Benefited Positions

Interviews are conducted to collect additional information about job-related knowledge, skills, and behaviors. When a candidate is selected for an interview, the interviewing process begins with a member of the HCL Human Resources staff. The candidate is given general employment and benefits information, and there is a discussion about the responsibilities of the position. In the next phase of the interview process, qualified candidates may be interviewed by a search committee and/or members of the hiring department in order to gather job-related information that will aid in determining an individual's potential success in the position. Before a hiring decision is made, a thorough check of references and education history is conducted. The hiring supervisor, in consultation with Human Resources, then identifies the final candidate. The starting salary is established through the HRS office. The Human Resources office extends all offers of employment.

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Temporary and Less-Than-Half-Time Positions

Temporary Positions

Temporary positions are open to anyone who currently is not enrolled as a Harvard student. Temporary employees are hired to work short-term assignments of no more than three months.  

Less-Than-Half-Time (LHT) Positions

LHT positions are open to anyone who currently is not enrolled as a Harvard student. LHTs are hired to work for less than 15 hours per week.

Applying for Temporary and Less-Than-Half-Time Positions

Open positions are posted on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners web site. All applications must be submitted through the HCL Human Resources office. This office has responsibility for forwarding the applications to the hiring supervisors who screen the applications and select those qualified applicants they wish to interview.

Temporary and less-than-half-time employees are paid on an hourly basis for all hours worked and are not eligible to receive University benefits. These employees are not eligible for representation by the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW). Temporary and less-than-half-time employees are covered by University policies prohibiting illegal discrimination.

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Student Positions

Student positions are open to full-time Harvard undergraduates or Harvard University graduate students who are currently enrolled in classes. Students are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week. They may work up to 40 hours per week during intersessions and the summer.

Working in the Widener Stacks

Ever thought of working at Widener Library? Watch and listen to students describe their experiences working as stacks assistants by visiting the Working in the Widener Stacks page.

Student positions are posted at the Student Employment Office.

Student workers are paid only for hours worked, and are not eligible for representation by the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW). Student employees are covered by University policies prohibiting illegal discrimination.

For further information about employment opportunities at Harvard College Library, please visit the University's Employment @ Harvard site.

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Office Location and Directions

The Harvard Library Human Resources office is located at 8 Story Street, Third Floor, Suite 03-04, Cambridge, MA 02138.  Please use this address for interoffice/campus mail marked “Confidential”.

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