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Job opportunities at the library

Full-Time Youth Services Librarian

Are you a creative, customer-focused librarian with a passion for fostering literacy skills, encouraging curiosity through programs and experiences, and providing a dynamic learning environment for patrons from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers? The Barrington Area Library seeks a playful and enthusiastic Youth Services Librarian who enjoys developing and presenting programs, selecting library materials, and providing consistently excellent customer service. If you have an MLS/MLIS degree, please read the full job description and consider joining our team.

Our recently renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library both in person and online, expecting to find excellent and informed service, welcoming, state of the art spaces for private work and group collaboration, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and the very best in books, movies, music, and electronic resources.

This full-time librarian position is scheduled for an average of 37.5 hours per week (includes days, evenings and weekend hours). Flexibility in scheduling is a must for all team members. Salary Range is from $43,465 to $65,196 and relevant experience may be taken into consideration. This position is classified as Exempt and is IMRF and benefit qualified. Interested? Read the full job description here, then send a cover letter and resume via email to


Are you looking for a part-time, year around, job in a friendly environment?

The Barrington Area Library is looking for energetic people to sort and shelve library materials. We have 3 positions available averaging 12-19 hours per week. Hourly salary is $8.66.

Possible shifts include:

  • mid-day (11:00 – 3:00)
  • afternoons (1:00 – 5:00)
  • late afternoons (3:00 – 7:00)
  • evenings (5:00 – 9:00)
  • Saturdays and\or Sundays (1:00 – 5:00)


  • Pass our pre-screening test with 70% accuracy or above
  • Ability to read 8-point font print
  • Physical dexterity to reach shelves of various heights and push heavy carts throughout your work shift
  • Minimum age requirement is 16 years old


  • Willingness to commit to flexible work shifts
  • Previous work or volunteer experience that demonstrates attention to detail and good interpersonal skills

View the full job description online. To apply, complete the PDF application and submit via email to

Volunteer opportunities at the library

The Barrington Area Library is currently in need of volunteers for special projects (scroll down to read more). Accepted volunteers will be required to work independently (after initial training) and commit to a minimum 6 month time period (or until completion of the assigned project). These positions require dedication and great attention to detail and each has a unique skill set involved. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.

Please be aware of the following important items:

  • All accepted volunteers age 18 and older are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check prior to starting volunteer work.
  • Volunteers are not paid positions and are not a promise for paid positions.
  • The Barrington Area Library does not accept volunteers for community service hours, under the age of 16 or for special needs cases due to the independent nature of the projects.

Digital Studio Project Volunteer

Calling all Mac users! Our library is looking for a volunteer to help our Adult Services department convert 5,000 .jpgs into .pdf format. This project is detail-oriented and will be done in our newly renovated Digital Studio. If you enjoy technology, feel comfortable using Adobe Acrobat Pro, and have time to donate to our library, please download and complete our PDF application and email it to for consideration.

High School Volunteer

Got a passion for making DIY projects, designing your own cool stuff, or jumping in and learning the newest technology?

The Barrington Area Library is putting together a makerspace and maker programs for the community. We need high school age volunteers to help us brainstorm and test these projects. The projects will range from simple, hands-on crafts to high tech applications. Specific skills are not required – we really need people who like to experiment, tinker, and create. Your feedback and ideas will help us bring exciting, creative programs to our community. You won’t need to put in a lot of hours, but we hope you can make a commitment to 1-2 hours, every other week. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to


Adult Services Local History Volunteers

Several volunteers are needed to help with scanning and making historical photos and documents available on our Web site and in the library. Days and hours are flexible - however, a commitment to a mutually agreeable schedule will be expected through the duration of the project.

Duties may include any of the following - on your application ("Additional Skills" section), please tell us if you have experience with any of these tasks (we can train you on less-familiar skills):

Computer skills:

• Digitize our microfilm of the Barrington Courier Review. Digitally capture images and edit them as needed. Photo editing skills a plus!
• Create and edit documents using Microsoft programs
• Create and edit web pages
• Create and edit PDFs using a Mac
• Scan and index historical documents

Photo Editing/Sound Editing Skills:
• Using digital cameras to capture images
• Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager or other photo editing software
• Using Flickr to upload, edit and tag photos
• Using Roxio and/or Garage Band to record narration

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.

Homebound Program Volunteer

Flexible, friendly and trustworthy volunteer needed to deliver library materials for our homebound residents program.

Applicants must:
• Possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle and vehicle insurance coverage
• Have good, general geographic knowledge of the Barrington area
• Be willing to drive to homes in the library district to drop off and pick up library materials for homebound patrons
• Volunteer during hours needed: approximately 1 hour, 1-2 times per month (this can be coordinated with your own visits to the library)
• Have basic familiarity with Barrington Area Library services and processes as a patron.

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.