Materials Handling Assistant I

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, KS

Application Deadline

Apply By Oct 27th, 2021


$14.31 per Hour   Calculate


Lawrence, KS




Not Specified

Minimum Education

High School (or Equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


Job Description

Want to drive the library van all over town? Do you love creating order out of chaos? Apply now for our part-time Materials Handling Assistant position!

Lawrence Public Library has a 24 hour per week, part-time position open in the Materials Handling Department.  

This position will require weekend hours with the occasional possibility to pick up additional shifts. 

If you are hired for this position, you will work with the coordinator of the unit and a team of Materials Handling Assistants and volunteers.  You will work in the Materials Handling department and assist with check in, sorting, and shelving tasks as well as driving the library van, picking up remote drops, and supporting our locker service.

Here’s a list of things you’ll need to do/be:

  • You can learn and master basic tasks required to operate the automated sorting machine, standard office technology, and the library’s circulation software
  • You can sort and categorize materials onto carts and shelves in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order
  • You are not afraid of work that requires pushing and maneuvering heavy and unwieldy bins or carts of library materials (regularly exerting 50 pounds of force)
  • You have a good driving record, valid Kansas driver's license, and feel comfortable behind the wheel of a large van
  • You have a strong work ethic, learn quickly, and work efficiently
  • You enjoy working with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities and ensuring their right to free access of information
  • You are super-reliable and dependable when it comes to keeping a work schedule
  • You are flexible if the schedule needs to change or if we need someone to pick up additional shifts
  • You are a team player and are willing to help out in the library where and when you are needed
  • You care about books and all library materials and will cheerfully inspect and clean them as needed
  • You love public libraries and understand that the timely check-in and shelving of materials to the library is an essential and important service
  • You have a high school diploma or GED and some applicable experience

So long as both Saturday and Sunday are worked, there is some flexibility regarding the final 8 hours for this position. Two possible schedules (totallying 24 hours each) are listed below:

  • Friday: 9AM-6PM including an hour lunch for a total of 8 hours
  • Saturday: 9AM-6PM including an hour lunch for a total of 8 hours
  • Sunday: 9AM-6PM including an hour lunch for a total of 8 hours


  • Monday 1PM-5PM for a total of 4 hours
  • Friday 9AM-1PM for a total of 4 hours
  • Saturday: 9AM-6PM including an hour lunch for a total of 8 hours
  • Sunday: 9AM-6PM including an hour lunch for a total of 8 hours

If this position interests you, please consider joining us at Lawrence Public Library.

Our library embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in our mission, hiring, and operations. We actively seek individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance our mission to be a diverse, equitable, and antiracist organization. Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This is a part-time, Assistant I position with starting wages of $14.31 an hour. This position is 24 hours a week including weekends. If this sounds like the job for you, please consider joining our team at the Lawrence Public Library by submitting a job application, resume, and cover letter. For references, please be sure to include people that have worked with you in the past and can speak to your strengths. The application deadline is October 27, 2021.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

You'll receive vacation and sick leave each month and plus lots of paid holidays.  You are also required to join KPERS and are eligible for the Optional Group Life through KPERS and the KPERS 457 Savings plan. 

The Community

Lawrence Public Library is located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, a quintessential Midwestern college town of 90,000 where you'll find both the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. We pride ourselves on being a little quirky. We are known for our main street packed with locally-owned boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, live music, and a vibrant art scene as well as our fiery Civil War history and our free state status. We are warm and welcome and love celebrating each other. 


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