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

Student Assistant – Government Information Department

The Government Information Department holds federal publications from Congress and a wide variety of agencies dating to the 1800s.  We aspire to have a 100% complete collection. To meet that goal, we review offer lists from other libraries to fill historic gaps. We also offer duplicate items from our library to others in our network.  Our ultimate goal is to help students, faculty, staff and members of the public to find government information.

Job Description:  Student assistants in the Government Information department mainly perform shelving, filing, typing and inventorying functions.  They will also conduct research that contributes toward the building of subject guides to the collection, and use a content management system to help build code for web pages. No previous experience is necessary. We will provide all training necessary to do this job.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Using a combination of computer resources, card files and manual shelf searches, verify the presence or absence of documents in MU Libraries’ collections
  • Type lists of MU Libraries’ duplicates for offer to other FDLP libraries
  • Assist in filling orders and packing printed materials for shipment to other libraries
  • Keep the stacks and office work areas well-maintained and orderly
  • Reshelve books and put cards in alphanumeric order
  • Assist library users who seek help finding items on the shelves
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: 

  • Ability to place items in alpha-numeric order
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to put materials on shelves at ground level and on shelves up to twelve feet in height using step stools, ladders, or other devices.
  • Ability to read small numbers and letters where lighting may be compromised, on shelves at ground level and on shelves up to twelve feet in height using step stools, ladders, or other devices
  • Ability to move a book cart weighing at least 75 lbs. (these are on wheels).
  • Ability to transport several books at one time and/or move boxes of books (up to 20 pounds).
  • Ability to tolerate moderately dusty library materials
  • Excellent communication 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in or knowledge of html web coding would be useful, but not required.

Application Instructions:  Please submit your resume and the Libraries Application Supplement (found at through (Handshake) to be fully considered for this opening.

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.