On-Call Library Assistant I/II 

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Burlingame
  • Salary: N/A

Website City of Burlingame


The City of Burlingame is accepting applications for the position of  On-Call Library Assistant I/II (Easton Branch)

The Easton Branch is open 2pm-8pm Monday-Thursday, and 2pm-5 pm on Friday and Saturday (closed on Sundays). The ideal candidate should have some availability during these hours. 

This application is for non-benefited, part-time employment only. The candidate will fill staffing vacancies as needed and will be required to work days, evenings, weekends and/or holidays. Schedule may vary and incumbent must be available to work flexible hours.

Our diverse family of employees welcomes you to apply. We are a small city that gets a lot done, and each member of our team is vital to our success as an organization.

We recently asked our employees what they enjoyed most about working for the City of Burlingame, and their responses fell into five general categories:

  • Colleagues
  • Community
  • Location
  • The Work
  • The Benefits

Browse the Burlingame Welcome Brochure for more information about why employees love  working here or view our City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video: 

Welcome Brochure 

City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video

Ideal Candidate

Under general supervision, incumbents may be assigned to perform duties in one or more of the following service areas.

Public Service

  • Perform the opening and closing of the library for public service.
  • Respond to patrons in-person and by telephone regarding requests for library materials, services, and other information.
  • Accept donations for library patrons and issues receipts.
  • Receive and respond to patron complaints and inquiries regarding overdue materials and lost or damaged materials.
  • Register and issue library cards to patrons; check patron status to verify registration information; enter patron information into the appropriate database.
  • Operate computer terminal and other standard library office equipment to access and modify various databases.
  • Assist patrons with placing holds on library materials and perform hold related functions.
  • Check library books and materials in and out using a computerized on-line system.


  • Retrieve and shelve books and other materials.
  • Unpack and sort book shipments and distribute as indicated; process library materials for circulation.
  • Check in library materials from curbside book drop.

Knowledge of:

  • Library terminology.
  • Standard library procedures, policies and organization.
  • Library materials and resources.
  • Integrated library systems and automatic material handling systems.
  • Library functions including circulation, reference, administration and technical services.
  • Record keeping and filing systems.
  • Computers and Microsoft Office.

Ability to:

  • Communicate with the public clearly, accurately and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Perform library clerical work of moderate difficulty.
  • Work independently without close supervision or as part of a group or team.
  • Provide lead direction to others.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn the use of library automation systems automatic materials handling systems, and computer-based technology.
  • Provide excellent customer service to the public, citizens, and other City employees.
  • Sort or file alphabetically and numerically.
  • Maintain records, logs and databases.
  • Understand and use Dewey Decimal System.
  • Follow written or verbal instructions and procedures.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
  • Operate a computer and use word processing and spreadsheet software, assisting staff as needed.

Education & Experience: 
A High School Diploma or equivalent is required, supplemented by one year of experience performing general clerical or related work in a public library or public service organization.

Phyisical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions:

Ability to work in a standard library environment; ability to sit, stand walk, kneel, crouch, squat, reach, lift 50 pounds and push/pull 100 pounds.


Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 Paid Sick Leave Benefit. This benefit accrues at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked to a maximum benefit of 24 hours per year. There is no cash value associated with benefit.

Vacation Pay. This benefit is for part-time casual employees who work 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment with the City of Burlingame, and accrues at the rate of one hour for every 52 hours worked to a maximum benefit of 16 hours per year.  No employee shall be allowed to have an accumulation of more than two years’ worth of vacation accrual to their credit at any one time.

No other benefits are offered. This position is at will and is not part of the City’s Civil Service System. There is no guarantee of hours and employment may end at any time.

Special Instructions


This recruitment is open until filled and may close at any time or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, whichever occurs first. 

Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application. Applications submitted without completed supplemental questions will be considered incomplete and disqualified from this recruitment process. Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.


All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. The department will invite the most qualified candidates for a department interview.

Note: The City of Burlingame reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.


Candidates will be required to:

  • pass a fingerprint check submitted to the Department of Justice
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire

*The City has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Prior to beginning employment, covered workers hired on or after January 21, 2022 must submit certification that they are Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 (including type of vaccine obtained and date(s) of the doses), unless they have an approved exemption. Covered workers hired on or after January 21, 2022 who have received the first series of vaccination (meaning they received the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 series or the single dose COVID-19 vaccine) but who are not yet eligible for a booster vaccine will be allowed to serve the City until their booster vaccine eligibility date. However, covered workers who do not obtain a booster vaccination by their eligibility date (and who have not requested a temporary deferral or medical or religious exemption) will be subject to normal disciplinary process, up to and including separation for City service in accordance with the policy.

Covered workers may request to be exempted from this vaccination requirement and instead be
approved for one or more alternative measure(s) as a reasonable accommodation if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19
vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable; or
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely-held religious belief,
practice, or observance.
Covered workers requesting a medical/disability exemption will be required to provide a
completed Certification from their Health Care Provider with their request. The City will review the covered worker’s request for temporary or permanent medical, disability, and religious exemptions on a case-by-case basis consistent with procedures for reasonable accommodation requests pursuant to Federal and state law. During the interactive process the covered worker shall continue to wear a face covering and abide by the Mandatory Testing policy for unvaccinated employees.
If a covered worker’s request for exemption is not approved, or if they cannot be reasonably
accommodated, they must become Partially or Fully Vaccinated (and provide proof of vaccination
to the Human Resources Department as provided above) within fourteen (14) calendar days after
receiving notice that their exemption has been denied, and must be Fully Vaccinated (and provide
proof of vaccination to the Human Resources Department as provided above) no later than six (6)
weeks after they were notified that the request for exemption was not approved.*

The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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