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.



Overnight Security Officer: Ellis Library Security – Job ID: 1028578

The Security Department of Ellis Library protects the valuable material located in the library as well as maintains a safe environment for the library patrons. The security team is made up of officers who perform walking patrols as well as the student desk assistants who staff the security desks at the entrances of the library.

These positions maintain the security and integrity of the library, its employees and its patrons after library administration’s regular hours. Responsible for hourly rounds, closing procedures, locking and unlocking doors as needed, assisting patrons and staff, setting/disarming alarm systems, and responding to any emergency or situation as needed.

These positions will work 2 to 4 days a week, overnights: 1:00am to 7:30am.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Provide security assistance and protection for library staff, patrons and materials and enforce library and security policies and procedures
  • Conduct regular, hourly building patrols ½ hour during finals week
  • Open and close Ellis Library
  • Prevent improper removal of library material
  • Process lost and found articles
  • Investigate and report security incidents (e.g., policy violations, thefts, emergencies, etc.)
  • Perform special projects as assigned
  • Initiate communication with supervisor regarding security issues, project difficulties, etc.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be able to work with minimal direct supervision
  • Must be able to patrol building on a regular basis
  • Strong interpersonal skills, must be able to be assertive and polite
  • Ability to both follow established guidelines and appropriately respond to unique situations
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work in various situations
  • Basic computer/keyboarding skills are required
  • Must be able to pass standard First Aid and CPR courses
  • Ability to meet project deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff
  • Flexibility in scheduling is essential; must also be willing to respond on short notice to requests for coverage

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior Security Experience


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.