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We're hiring librarians!


Are you a librarian looking for a great salary, benefits, and career opportunities?

Change lives, including your own. Join the team at the award-winning Los Angeles Public Library.

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Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

A master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from a school accredited by the American Library Association.

The Position

A librarian provides patrons of all ages with a variety of professional librarian services, including outreach and virtual/online resources and programs, reader guidance and book reviews, reference, selection, cataloging and maintenance of library materials to meet educational, recreational and informational needs of the community, programming to support lifelong learning, educational, and cultural interests of the community, training in technologies and library resources and services, and implementation of library technologies and virtual services.

Benefits and Compensation

The City of Los Angeles is an employer that values its employees and encourages a healthy work-life balance.

The current salary range is $62,138 to $98,783 per year.* A highly competitive benefits package includes an independent retirement plan to which both the employee and City contribute, a multi-option deferred compensation plan, a generous vacation and sick leave plan, 13 paid holidays per year, a flexible benefits plan including multi-option health coverage, dental and vision coverage, family and domestic partner leave.

*Current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the Library Department before accepting a job offer.

Application Deadline

Applications and Qualifications Questionnaires will only be accepted online on the following dates listed below:

From 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 24 to
11:59 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018

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The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.

– Los Angeles Public Library Mission Statement

About the Los Angeles Public Library

The Central Library and 72 branches serve the largest population of any public library system in the United States, yet each library reflects and celebrates the unique qualities of the community it serves. Responsive to the needs of millions of Angelenos, the library provides a level of social, cultural, and educational services unmatched by any other public institution in Los Angeles.

Angelenos visited the library more than 13.5 million times and borrowed more than 16 million items last year. They demonstrate their unwavering support in many ways: by joining one of the 67 Friends of the Library groups; by joining the library volunteer corps of 6,236; by supporting the fundraising efforts of the Library Foundation of L.A.; and most dramatically, by voting to guarantee library funding.

By The Numbers

  • 2.1 million cardholders
  • 11.2 million visits to 73 libraries
  • 7.1 million books and other items in collection
  • 16.1 million items borrowed
  • 15.4 million website visits
  • $172,686,809 adopted budget

Creating the Library of the 21st Century

  • First library in the nation to offer adults an accredited online high school diploma and career certificate.
  • First 100 gigabyte public library to dramatically increase broadband Internet connectivity and access to digital initiatives.
  • Nationally recognized citizenship program to help the area’s 750,000 residents who are eligible for citizenship, achieve it.
  • Resources for the largest unbanked population in the U.S., so they may take control of their finances.
  • Partnerships with community organizations to feed school children during the summer, screen adults for hypertension, and address other health disparities in L.A.’s disadvantaged communities.
  • Received the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given for exceptional community contributions and innovative approaches to public service.

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About the City of Los Angeles

L.A. is a city like no other offering: a temperate Mediterranean climate, trendsetting multicultural communities, world-class entertainment venues and sports teams, museums, performance spaces, nightlife, an incredible ethnic diversity of cuisines, and endless recreational opportunities spanning the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains.

The L.A. area is the business and financial center of the West and the 15th largest economy in the world, powered by a diverse mix of health sciences, aerospace and technology, entertainment, fashion, and manufacturing. Downtown Los Angeles has undergone a dramatic revitalization highlighted by multibillion-dollar investments in public transit, housing, and cultural venues.

In the Golden State of California and poised on the Pacific Rim, few cities can match L.A.’s social, economic, and environmental attributes, offerings, and experiences. The arts, culture, music, multimedia, and event scenes have never been more alive. New shops, markets, restaurants, transportation hubs, and housing are energizing and reinvigorating neighborhoods throughout the city. The synergy of it all creates a climate where it becomes possible to imagine a new beginning at the Los Angeles Public Library.