How to Apply for a Student Assistant Position


How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in working for MU Libraries.  The Libraries has around 20 units that hire student assistants across Ellis Library and all of our specialized libraries and offsite locations (Columbia Missourian, Engineering, Geology, Health Sciences, Journalism, Math, University Archives, UM Libraries Depository, Veterinary Medical).  The Libraries hire both undergraduate and graduate MU students as student assistants.

The MU Libraries now utilizes for student hiring. is operated by the MU Career Center.  MU Libraries will post open positions on and collect resumes through that system.  Please visit to create a profile and view openings.

Application process

  • Log into
  • Search for "MU Libraries" or by the individual Job ID associated with the position you are interested in.  Job ID can be found on the next tab "Student Job Openings"
  • Download and complete the MU Libraries Student Employment Application Supplement.  This document needs to be attached along with a resume to each library position to which you apply.

Download Application Supplement

For assistance submitting your application through, please contact the MU Career Center at (573) 882-6801 or in the lower level of the Student Success Center. is operated by the MU Career Center.

The Libraries Administrative Office does not make hiring decisions; we assist with, and facilitate, the hiring process.  We may be contacted at 573-882-4701, at, or in 104 Ellis Library to assist with any questions you have about the application or the application process.

The Libraries also has work study positions available.  For more information on work study please contact the Work Study Office.

Student Job Openings


Below are our current student position openings and their corresponding Job ID in HireMizzouTigers.comPlease apply for all positions through

Please check back on a regular basis for updates and new positions.



Student Assistant: Ellis Library Shelving – Job ID: 1331192

The Shelving unit for Ellis Library supports the mission of the Library and the University by providing an organized, accessible, and well maintained collection of books, journals, newsprint, and media.

This position supports the Shelving unit by shelving books, organizing and shelf-reading the stacks, shifting the library collection, and providing customer service to library patrons.

Shift Preferences:

  • Monday: 3p to 5p
  • Thursday: 2p to 5p
  • Friday: 8a to 5p

Specific Duties Include:

  • Ordering book trucks.
  • Shelving books by call number.
  • Shelf-reading the collection.
  • Straightening shelves of books and picking up in-house-use.
  • Cleaning books and shelves.
  • Shifting the collection.
  • Searching for missing books.
  • Sorting and shelving periodicals and magazines by title or call number.
  • Provide customer service to library patrons by assisting them with the location of books, navigating the library, checking the online catalog, and referring to staff as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • Good customer service skills.
  • Requires the ability to obtain/place materials on shelves at ground level and on shelves up to nine feet in height using step stools, ladders, or other devices.
  • Requires the ability to identify call numbers where lighting may be compromised, on shelves at ground level and on shelves up to nine feet in height using step stools, ladders, or other devices.
  • Requires the ability to move a book cart weighing at least 200 lbs. (these are on wheels).
  • Requires the ability to transport several books at one time and/or move boxes of books (up to 50 pounds).
  • Duties may expose you to mold and dust.
  • Requires the ability to perform very detailed work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Library of Congress classification system.
  • Familiarity with the stacks in Ellis Library.
  • Work experience in library setting.
  • Interest in library science.


The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-882-5835.