Student Employment

The Library will not be accepting applications for the summer.  Read below for information regarding application acceptance dates for the fall semester.

The Library accepts applications for student assistant positions ONLY during the library application period for each semester/term.  You must have registered for classes and have a finalized schedule before submitting your application.

To apply for a student assistant position click on the following link: Student Assistant application.   You must save the SA application to your computer or a USB drive, then close the window and reopen the SA application using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not do this, your application will be blank when it is received. When you have completed the application, please email it to the Library Administration Office: with First Name.Last Name; SA Application; Semester/Year in the subject line: ie. (Joe.Smith SA Application Fall 2014).

Applications will only be accepted from the first day SDSU registration begins through the last day of the add/drop period. Please refer to the SDSU academic calendar for the appropriate dates.

Important information:

  • Please note, you must be enrolled in at least 6.0 units (undergraduate) or 5.0 units (graduate) in order to be eligible for student employment at SDSU.

Interview Process (Unit Supervisors)

  • Vacancies are determined by the unit supervisors. Unit supervisors review the applications in order to match skills, experience, and schedules of applicants with their particular needs. Unit supervisors are also responsible for contacting applicants to schedule interviews for any vacancies in their units.
  • When you are contacted by a supervisor to come in for an interview, be sure to note the name of the supervisor and the room number where your interview will be held. The Library Administration office does not have this information.
  • If you are hired, you must provide the following items:
  1. SDSU photo I.D.
  2. Original Social Security Card (you cannot work without this)
  3. Work Study Certification Card (Work Study Students Only)
  4. International Students may have to provide additional documents

Keeping Your Application Active

The majority of vacancies occur during the first month of the semester; however student assistants are hired throughout the semester as vacancies occur. It is important, therefore, that your application contain current information, particularly your telephone number and e-mail address.

 If you have a change of address, phone number, or class schedule, please revise your application and email it to  indicating that you have revised your application.

Applications are kept on file for one semester only. If you are hired outside the library, please let us know so we can remove your application from our files.


Tips and information:

  • Submitting an application does not guarantee a position (please understand that openings are scarce and the competition is intense).
  • Read the instructions for the application; every question needs to be answered.
  • Your probability for being hired increases with your schedule availability, and with the ability to write about yourself (applications with blanks normally go unnoticed). Attaching a resume is not required.
  • IMPORTANT: Emailing or contacting library personnel (other than the library administration front office) to seek a job is discouraged. Please refrain from doing so. Students who contact library staff directly about jobs are NOT considered good candidates.


We offer internship opportunities for library school students and others.

Staff Positions 

Open Library Staff positions may be viewed at  the SDSU Center for Human Resources. You must apply for all positions through the Center for Human Resources.

Evening Shift Library Lead, Library and Information Access

Job ID:  5472
Location:  San Diego Main Campus
Full/Part Time:  Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

This position leads Circulation/Course Reserves operations on Sundays for an 8 hour shift between noon and midnight and Monday – Thursday from 3:30 PM to midnight during the academic semester.  Hours will change during summer and between academic sessions.  The activities that the incumbent leads during these hours include public service to library users, answering informational and basic reference questions, and assisting patrons in the reference area when the reference desk closes.  The incumbent leads student assistants during his/her shift, coordinates Sunday and evening public security issues, resolves public service and policy issues, processes holds and book retrievals, as well as coordinates the searching for items in the collections not found in the first search for holds. The incumbent coordinates course reserves:  processing materials for inclusion in the collection, the annual cleanup and inventory.  Additionally, the incumbent coordinates the provision of borrowing privileges for guests, alumni, and community members.

To view the full version of the position description select the appropriate PDF document below or select the position title.

Analyst/Programmer, Career, Library and Information Access

Job ID:  5421
Location:  San Diego Main Campus
Full-time, permanent (probationary) position.

The Library seeks a self-driven and highly motivated individual with the ability to rapidly absorb new technologies and work in a dispersed, multi-disciplinary team. The ideal candidate should have the skill-set to design, develop and maintain clean, consistent, intuitive and easy to use websites that support the Library’s mission.

Reporting directly to the Director of Library Technologies with oversight from the Digital Technologies Librarian, the Web person’s responsibility is to support and develop innovative websites, digital signage, and interactive systems through creative design, Library branding, and integration of various content in adherence to SDSU brand guidelines.

To view the full version of the position description select the appropriate PDF document  below or select the position title.  

Administration Positions

Open Library A​dministration positions may be viewed at the SDSU Center for Human Resources.  You must apply for all positions through the Center for Human Resources. 

Faculty Positions

More information on our temporary librarian pool is available.

Health & Life Sciences Librarian

San Diego State University Library & Information Access is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Health & Life Sciences Librarian. This position will provide reference, library instruction, outreach, and collection development for the health sciences, life sciences and related fields. The Health & Life Sciences Librarian will also work at the general reference desk and provide undergraduate information literacy instruction.

The successful candidate will have an ALA accredited Master’s degree or equivalent international degree; an undergraduate or graduate degree in the life sciences, a related health discipline, or at least two years’ experience in an equivalent research library; an understanding of the current research, information sources, and scholarly trends in the fields of health and the life sciences; knowledge of emerging issues and technologies in science librarianship; strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills; ability to work effectively in collegial environments; and a commitment to fostering diversity.

To view the full version of the position, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the appropriate PDF document or select the position title.