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Phoenixville Library News & Job Openings

Part-Time Circulation Assistant

183 Second Ave
Phoenixville PA 19460
Job Description/Posting
Part Time Circulation Assistant

Position: P/T Circulation Assistant
Reports To: Circulation Manager

Summary / Main Purpose of Job:
The Phoenixville Public Library is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing access to educational, cultural, and recreational resources for the community it serves. The library is currently seeks part-time circulation assistant who will report to the Circulation Manager. Part-time Library Assistants are responsible for performing all circulation duties in a timely, efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
* Performs all circulation desk duties using computerized system
o Check materials in/out/renew materials
o Reserve materials
o Issues new patron cards/updates cards
o Manages the routing of Holds
o Collect patron fines and fees and make change as needed.
* Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
o Turn on/off all computers/copiers/printers
o Empty book drops
* Notifies patrons about reserved materials
* Answers phone and routes calls as necessary
* Update computer records, as requested.
* Performs basic reference work or refers it to senior staff in charge
* Assists patrons in locating materials through the library catalog
* Assisting patrons with finding library materials, providing reader’s advisory, answering basic computer queries, and monitoring appropriate use of the facility.
* Inspect returned materials for damage.
* Be familiar with all print and other items located at the Circulation Desks, for public or staff use.
* Maintain neatness and orderliness at the Desks at all times.
* Perform circulation procedures effectively and accurately according to the principles of quality customer service.
* Greets, direct, and provide information to library customers and performs a variety of clerical tasks related to the processing, sorting and circulation of library materials.
* Respond to incoming telephone calls and provide basic assistance with directional, instructional and informational inquiries at the circulation desks and public workstations.
* Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills.
* Keep abreast of all System changes and improvements.
* Perform assigned tasks and projects completely and in a timely manner.
* Handle financial transactions accurately.
* Respond to requests for help from customers.
* Keep pace with all library policies, staff meeting minutes and changes in Procedure Manual.
* Attend in-house departmental and staff meetings, county or regional educational programs for staff development or basic computer or Internet education, as requested or assigned by the Circulation Manager

* High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED), some college preferred.
* Basic office skills (typing, filing, answering phones, etc.).
* Previous experience working in library with computerized systems preferred.
* Customer service skills.
* Basics knowledge and use of computers, e-mail, and the internet.
* Some knowledge of reference materials and other resources, as well as the ability to use computers to access these resources including the Internet, is required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; walk; stand; bend at the waist while working; kneel, stoop, crouch or squat; talk or hear; handle and lift up to 25 pounds; push a cart of books that weighs up to 125 pounds; and sit at a computer terminal for up to 4 hours at a time. Occasionally, the employee will need to work with arms above shoulders or reach above shoulder height.
The specific vision requirements for this position are as follows:
* Close vision.
* Color vision.
* Ability to read and alphabetize and place items in numeric order.

The following background checks are required:
* Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
* Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance
* Federal Criminal History Record Information

4-8 hours per week as well as flexibility to cover shifts when needed. Shifts varying in time of day (morning, afternoon, evening) also including an eight hour shift one Saturday per month.

Salary: $9.75/hour

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Christine Nicholson
Circulation Manager
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460-3243

January 18th, 2018|

Volunteer Computer Tutors Still Needed

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?  The Phoenixville Public Library Adult Services Department is looking for additional individuals to instruct patrons one-on-one in the basics of using computers and the Internet.  Fluency in the use of computers, laptops, smartphones, standard office productivity software, e-mail, the Web, and social networking tools is required, as are strong communication and interpersonal skills, friendliness, patience, and approachability.

Availability of two hours a week is desired.  Daytime and evening hours are available.  Applicant must submit to criminal background checks and child abuse clearance.  If interested, or for more information, see Mark Pinto, Adult Services Director, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 132 or e-mail

December 21st, 2016|

Library Opening Time to Change November 28

Effective Monday, November 28, the Library will open daily at 9:30 AM.  Closing times will remain the same.

November 2nd, 2016|

Mobile Hotpots Now Available for Checkout

Need Internet access at home, on vacation, or on the road for your business?  Phoenixville Public Library has partnered with T-Mobile to offer a limited number of mobile hotspots to our patrons for a nominal fee.  The Library hotspot program allows Chester County Library System card holders to access unlimited, high-speed Internet service anywhere a T-Mobile signal can be received.  Connect up to ten devices at a time, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.  Phoenixville Library offers hotspots for 7 or 14 day loan periods.  Rental fee is $14.00 for 7 days or $28.00 for 14 days.  Hotspots must be picked up from and returned to the Phoenixville Library’s Adult Circulation Desk, and are not reservable in advance.  Eligible borrowers must be at least 18 years of age, have an up-to-date library card and registration, have a library account in good standing (no fines or fees owed or other restrictions), and must pay the rental fee at the time of pickup.  Hotpots MAY NOT be returned to the outside bookdrops ($5.00 fine will apply).  For more information, call 610-933-3013 x122 or x132.

April 18th, 2016|

Mobile Printing Now Available

Mobile printing is now available at Phoenixville Public Library.  With the Library’s new MobilePrint Service, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the Library’s printers from anywhere!  Did your home printer crash?  Are you on the go and need to print something from your smartphone or tablet?  Simply submit the documents for printing and come to the Library to release and pick them up, using an e-mail address.  To print from a home or office laptop or desktop, visit  To print from a tablet or smartphone app, install the PrinterOn app, available for free from your device’s app ‘store’, and search for Phoenixville.  You may also e-mail from any device to the Library’s print system at (black and white printouts) or (color printouts).  Regular printing charges apply.  For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132.

February 26th, 2016|

Join Longwood Gardens’ Community Read

Join Phoenixville Public Library for the third year of the Community Read sponsored by Longwood Gardens.  The Community Read is a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.  The powerful idea of ‘one person to inspire many’ is the center of this year’s theme, featuring two inspiring titles, one for adults and one for children.  In Grandma Gatewood’s Walk (2014), author Ben Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine—a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955, embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain…alone…without any equipment…at the age of 67.  In the children’s title, On Meadowview Street (2007), author Henry Cole tells the story of a little girl, Caroline, who makes a connection with a small flower. That connection grows…and grows, transforming her new neighborhood.  Copies of the books are available at the Library or may be reserved at  The Phoenix Book Club will discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk at its gathering on Monday, April 4, and other events are planned for adults, families, and children in conjunction with the Community Read.  Learn more at  For more information on Phoenixville Library’s programs, you may also call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail

January 15th, 2016|

Chester County League of Women Voters Guide Available

The Chester County League of Women Voters has published a guide to the Spring Primary election. The guide is available at the Adult Library Circulation Desk and is for use in the Library.

May 8th, 2015|

Desktop Video Magnifier Available for Use

The Library recently received a donation of aDSCN1313 desktop video magnifier, for use in enlarging printed type, pictures, handwriting, and small details.  It is available for patron use at the Information Desk in the Adult Library.  Magnification level and display colors can be adjusted, and the device is simple to operate.  For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132.

April 24th, 2015|

Gadget Guru Volunteers Wanted

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity with Phoenixville Public
Library?  The Library is planning to offer a “gadget guru” service, where
patrons can walk in during a set time and receive assistance using their
smartphone, e-reader, tablet, laptop or other electronic gadget.  If you
are tech savvy and enjoy helping others, please contact me for a volunteer
application or to answer any questions.  Federal and state background
checks and child abuse clearances are required for all Library volunteers, paid
for by the applicant.  For more information, e-mail me at or call me at 610-933-3013

April 24th, 2014|
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