Library News & Job Openings2016-12-14T10:11:29-05:00

Phoenixville Library News & Job Openings

Job Opening: PT 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 Phoenixville Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The library is currently seeking part-time circulation assistant who will report to the Circulation Manager. Part-time circulation assistants are responsible for performing all circulation duties in a timely, efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
* Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills.
* Performs all circulation desk duties using computerized system
* Check materials in/out/renew materials
* Reserve materials
* Issues new patron cards/updates cards
* Manages the routing of Holds
* Handle financial transactions accurately.
* Collect patron fines and fees with knowledge of using a cash register
* Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
* Turn on/off all computers/copiers/printers
* Empty book drops
* Notifies patrons about reserved materials
* 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.
* 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.
* Keep abreast of all System changes and improvements.
* Keep pace with all library policies, staff meeting minutes and changes in Procedure Manual.
* Attend online educational programs for staff development, basic computer, or Internet education, as requested or assigned by the Circulation Manager. Attendance of department meetings in coming times.
* Be a “greeter” at the entrance of the library to make sure patrons are wearing mask or facial covering properly.
* Clean and disinfect high touch areas of the circulation desks and of public spaces.

* 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. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (preferred)

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

Looking for two hires:
Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M., Thursdays from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. and the first Saturday of every month
Tuesdays from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., Wednesdays from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. and the first Saturday of every month

Salary: $13/hour

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Christine Nicholson
Circulation Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460-3243
E-mail to
Phone: 610-933-3013 ext. 122

April 25th, 2022|

Library Trustee Opening

The Phoenixville Public Library currently seeks three (3) Trustees to be seated on its Board of Trustees beginning July 2022. As a Trustee, the successful applicants will be responsible for oversight of the library, serving on a board of nine (9). These positions are for a three (3) year term that ends June 30, 2025. Two (2) incumbent board members are applying for the current openings. As Trustees, the applicant is expected to act in the best interest of the Phoenixville Public Library, in promotion of and in furtherance of the Library’s Mission, which is to provide access to information and services that address the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community the library serves. The applicant is expected to familiarize themselves with the bylaws, policies, and operations of the library. Prior non-profit experience, particularly with regard to finance/accounting is preferred, but not required. Further information about the Phoenixville Public Library can be found on its website at

Board Expectations
Advocacy and Personal Involvement
* Board members are expected to be zealous advocates on our behalf, to be enthusiastic communicators of our mission and vision, and to play an integral role in our leadership.
* Board Meeting Attendance –Monthly meeting attendance of approximately 2 hours.
* Committee Participation – Actively participate on one or more committees.
* Recruitment – Identify strong candidates for committee work, community advocacy, or fund-raising whom will represent Phoenixville Public Library.
* Participation and attendance at all major fundraising events, currently one (1) per year. (This includes purchasing tickets for all major events, possible donation of goods or services for the event.)
Financial Expectations
* Annual Support – Make a personal annual gift at an appropriate level outside of major event attendance.

Applications are due on or before Friday April 1, 2022. Invited applicants will be expected to interview separately with the Board of Library Trustees and Board of School Directors of the Phoenixville Area School District. That date will be announced no later than May 21, 2022. Appointments to the Library Board shall be made by the Board of School Directors thereafter.
Applications should be sent to both of the following:

Dr. Alan Fegley, PASD Superintendent
386 City Line Avenue
Phoenixville, PA 19460


Lara Lorenzi, Executive Director
Phoenixville Public Library
183 2nd Avenue
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Applications should include a letter addressed to Ms. Lorenzi and Dr. Fegley explaining why the applicant wishes to be a Library Trustee and summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Resumes and references are required. The Phoenixville Public Library is an EOE.

February 28th, 2022|

Library is Drop-Off Location for “Show Them Our Love” Valentine’s Drive

Phoenixville Town Watch is sponsoring a “Show Them Our Love” Valentines Drive.  Our first responders are caring for our community during yet another surge of the pandemic.  We want to show our gratitude and we need YOUR help!
Make a Valentine – be creative, colorful!
Include a message of appreciation and encouragement for our first responders. Deposit your card in our drop box at the Library by Friday, February 11th.
Town Watch volunteers will collect and distribute these cards over Valentine’s Day weekend to hospital, police, fire and ambulance staff.
January 25th, 2022|

Library Now Open Until 8 PM on Mondays and Thursdays

Beginning January 3, 2022 the Library’s hours are:

Monday & Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

January 3rd, 2022|

Changes to DVD/Audiobook Rentals

Beginning July 14, rental fees for borrowing audiobooks and DVDs will no longer be charged. Books on CD, Playaways, and DVDs are now FREE to borrow!
July 15th, 2021|

Library Trustee Openings

The Phoenixville Public Library currently seeks two (2) Trustees to be seated on its Board of Trustees beginning July 2021.  See announcement below.

Library Trustee Opening Notice Spring 2021


March 11th, 2021|

Two-for-One Media Rentals Extended to Thursdays

The Library has expanded its two-for-one media rental deal to Thursdays! Now you can rent two feature DVDs, audiobooks, or videogames for $2.00 on Tuesdays AND Thursdays!  Call 610-933-3013 x121 for more information.

February 25th, 2021|

Library Named Mail-in Ballot Drop-off Location, Beginning October 13

Phoenixville Public Library has been designated a drop-off location for mail-in ballots for the November 3rd election.  The ballot boxes will not arrive at the Library until Tuesday, October 13.  Please do not drop off ballots at the Library and do not place them in the book drops.

Contact Chester County Voter Services with any questions on voting at 610-344-6410 or  Thank you!


October 5th, 2020|

Library Book Bundles for Adults

Since you can’t browse the Library’s shelves right now, we can do it for you! Fill out this form or call 610-933-3013 x132 to receive a surprise book bundle for checkout at the Library with your Chester County Library System card. Library staff will select 4 books for you from the Adult Library’s fiction or nonfiction sections. See our website for more information on this free service.

September 24th, 2020|
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