Student Employment

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The University Library at Appalachian State University offers employment to over 125 students each year in many different departments.  The job descriptions of Student Assistants working in the University Library vary between a wide-range of opportunities such as: administrative duties, mail room operators, reserve processing, shelving books, assisting patrons, checking books in/out, maintaining stacks, acquisitions, cataloging, ABC delivery, Digital Media Center assistant, maintaining operational hours, servicing Special Collections areas, computer technical assistants, digital transcription, working with local databases, and other special projects. Student Assistant positions allow students to learn more about the library system while gaining a hands-on experience with the operations of libraries and the working world.

Student Assistant Resources

Benefits and student development opportunities while working for the University Library:

  • Multiple job opportunities for students who desire to work and/or need income.
  • Flexible hours that work around class schedules.
  • Great atmosphere, fun people and a healthy environment.
  • Development of work skills and experience while still in college.
  • Opportunities for social interaction.
  • Leadership and mentor opportunities where responsibilities and communication skills are learned.
  • Scholarship opportunity for one of several Library Student Employee Scholarships.


Scholarship Applications


Student Assistant Pay Rate

The starting rate for Student Assistants is $7.25 per hour. Graduate Student Assistants earn $8.25 per hour.



For more information, please call or contact:

Lynn Patterson


Job Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in library student employment. Currently, we have no positions available but please check back near the end of the semester.


Work Study

Federal Work Study provides employment opportunities for students demonstrating financial need and is awarded as part of the student's Financial Aid package.  Applications are made through the Financial Aid Office by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  We encourage each of our current student employees to fill out one of these forms every year.  

Once awarded, all work study placements are made by the Student Employment Office, Thomas Hall.  Students' work hours are based on the total amount awarded, and the amount earned through work study cannot exceed the Federal Work Study Award. Work Study students are usually given on average around 9 hours per week (graduate students around 7 hours per week) and cannot work past the last day of classes of each semester.