Library Assistant – Journey Level

Contra Costa County Library

Monthly Salary Range: $3,531 - $4,509 for full-time  
Bargaining Unit: Local One

Love books? Love to share your love of reading with other people? Then we have a job for you!
It is an exciting time to work for the Library Department in Contra Costa County!  Our vision is to empower an environment of lifelong learning and cultural enrichment by stimulating learning and literacy, inspiring creativity, and integrating arts, culture and history into the lives of our community.

We are seeking qualified individuals to fill permanent full-time, permanent part-time and permanent intermittent Library Assistant-Journey Level vacancies throughout Contra Costa County. Library Assistant-Journey Level responsibilities include helping library patrons locate information, checking-in and out materials, entering patron registrations, updating patron files, and assist with the use of various reference sources, instructing patrons on the use of library resources and assisting at the circulation desk.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse population
  • Experience using a variety of computer applications and software
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Proficient time management skills

Characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • Adaptable to work in an environment with direction given from multiple sources with shifting priorities
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure and with interruptions
  • Flexible enough to work independently and cooperatively in a paraprofessional support role or in a team environment
  • Eager to learn new technologies associated with learning resources
  • An interest in books, web-based library tools, references and other information sources

To read the complete job description, please visit the website,  The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for one year.

Tentative Written Exams:
Application Evaluation Appeal Period: 10/29/19-11/4/19
Tentative Written Multiple Choice Exam Scheduled for: 11/12/19 and 11/13/19


Education:  Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience:  Two (2) years full time or its equivalent experience in a customer oriented environment.
Substitution for Education:  One (1) year full-time or its equivalent of office support work experience in a public library AND two (2) years full-time or its equivalent experience in a customer oriented environment AND Either 1) possession of 60 semester or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university which included 15 semester or 18 quarter units in humanities, social science or natural science; OR  2) A Certificate of Library Technology from an accredited college or university; OR 3) Two (2) years of full-time or its equivalent paraprofessional experience in a public library which must have included readers advisory, information services and bibliographic searching.

1. Application Filing:  All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
3. Written Exam: Depending on the number of applications received, a Written Evaluation may be utilized to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

CLOSING DATE:  October 28, 2019