Skip to Main Content
Skip to main content

University Libraries


More research tools:

Student Jobs at the University Libraries

Search Help

Answered By: Matthew Reidsma
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2023     Views: 682

Hiring takes place a couple of times a year, please keep an eye on library social media for announcements (@gvsulib) or search for us in Handshake to see if we’re currently accepting applications. Jobs in the Knowledge Market have separate applications available on the Knowledge Market website

Note About Federal Work Study: University Library jobs are Work Study Award eligible positions, but Work Study Awards are not required to work at the Library. More information regarding Federal Work Study can be found on the Financial Aid Website.


Join a team designed to create a better experience for library patrons in the Mary Idema Pew Library! Become a User Experience Student Assistant and help staff the fast-paced library Service Desk. Excellent customer service skills, enthusiasm for the library, and the ability to work collaboratively with other students and staff are required. Primary responsibilities include assisting users with research and circulation needs, providing building information and tours, and assisting with emergency and safety procedures. Many shifts are available, but all applicants are expected to be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings, weekends, and extra hours during Exam Cram and for training purposes. 


Access Services Student Assistants are highly motivated, detail-orientated students who assist our Access Services team with the overall maintenance of our library collections and basic library operations. The capability to learn complex processes and specialized technology, enthusiasm for the library, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively with other staff and students is required. Primary responsibilities include emptying book drops, checking in library materials, pulling and re-shelving items, working in the mailroom, and working with the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (our cranes) at the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus. All applicants are expected to be able to work flexible hours, including some late evenings and weekends.


Become part of an enthusiastic library team ready to help the campus community! We are looking for excellent customer service skills, enthusiasm for helping others, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Primary responsibilities include answering questions at the Library service desk, shelving and organizing library materials, supporting the Curriculum Materials Library, and providing building information.


This student will support creation of instructional videos in the Curriculum, Research and User Services Department. The person in this position will work closely with the instructional design librarian, liaison librarians, and other library faculty and staff to plan, develop, and create videos for use in instruction, virtual services, and on the library website. See the GVSU Libraries Instruction YouTube Channel for examples of the types of videos currently in use. The library will provide equipment and software, but if the student has access to other equipment, that can be used as well, if preferred. Work will be done remotely.

This position requires video production skills, interest in library research, excellent communication and collaboration skills. Experience with video production for clients, in course work or client work and graphic and motion graphic skills are also helpful in this position.


Research consultants work in the Knowledge Market and guide fellow students through the research process, from brainstorming ideas to finding information and evaluating resources. Research consultants

  • work one-on-one and in groups with students in the library
  • assist librarians in classroom settings
  • gain valuable experience that employers are looking for

Consultants are trained to use library databases, government information, and even Google. They learn about interesting topics alongside students and develop their own skills in the process. Curious students are encouraged to apply on the Knowledge Market website.


Digital Skills Consultants are highly-trained students ready to help you improve your digital skills. Digital Skills Consultants help with:

  • Developing an approach for completing digital projects
  • Teaching basic computer skills for Windows and Mac
  • Determining mediums for digital communication
  • Navigating technologies for media production
  • Editing and revising projects made with technology
  • Understanding basic digital ethics and safety 
  • Visualizing basic data sets

Applications are available on the Digital Creator Lab website.


Related Topics