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. Our mission is to provide equitable access to
information, education, and cultural enrichment for all members of the community. 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.
We are currently looking to fill two part time positions.

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.
* 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

Position 1: Monday 1-5, Tuesday 5-8, and the 1st Saturday of the month
Position 2: Monday 5-8pm, Thursday 9-1pm (starting 8/29) and the 4th Saturday of the month

Salary: $14.50/hour

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Lara Lorenzi
Executive Director
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460-3243 E-mail to
Phone: 610-933-3013 ext. 123

July 16th, 2024|

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|

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|

Support the Library: Buy a Book Surprise Bag!

Looking for more great reads? Enjoy surprises? Want to support your favorite Library? Purchase a Book Surprise Bag! For $3.00, you can take home 3 books selected for you at random from the Library’s book sale carts. You CAN ask for books from a specific genre — like mystery/thriller, science fiction, biography, etc., but otherwise, it’s a surprise! So ask for a Book Surprise Bag on your next visit to the Library!

September 24th, 2020|

Updated Library Service Hours

Effective Monday, September 14, the Library’s operating schedule is as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: In-Library Pickup of Holds

2:00 – 6:30 PM: Curbside Pickup of Holds

10:00 AM – 6:45 PM: Computer Center Open (45-minute appointments on the hour required)

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM: Passport Application Acceptance Appointments

Notary Appointments 10:00 AM — 6:30 PM on Monday and Thursday only



10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: In-Library Pickup of Holds

2:00 – 4:30 PM: Curbside Pickup of Holds

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM: Computer Center Open (45-minute appointments on the hour required)

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Passport Application Acceptance Appointments

Notary Appointments 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM



10:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Curbside Pickup of Holds

10:00 AM – 1:45 PM: Computer Center Open (45-minute appointments on the hour required)

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Passport Application Acceptance Appointments



10:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Curbside Pickup of Holds

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM: Computer Center Open (45-minute appointments on the hour required)

You can place holds on Library materials in the Chester County Library System catalog. You will be notified when your item on hold is ready for pickup. Call the Library at 610-933-3013 x121 or visit to schedule a curbside pickup time.  Upon arrival at the Library, call 610-215-7277.
To schedule a computer reservation, call 610-933-3013 x121.
To schedule a passport application acceptance appointment, call, 610-933-3013 x132.
To schedule a notary appointment, call 610-933-3013 x126 or x132.
September 15th, 2020|

COVID-19 Library Patron Use Policy

Effective Monday, July 13, the following policy is in effect:
Covid-19 Library Patron Use Policy

This policy has been adopted by the Phoenixville Public Library Board of Trustees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rules outlined below address the changes in services and procedures due to the pandemic and shall remain in effect for the duration of the pandemic or until amended by the Board of Trustees. The principal consideration in the adoption of these rules is the health and safety of library staff and users. The library is operating under limited hours and services.

  • Access to the library will be limited to one visit per day.
  • The number of people simultaneously in the library and the duration of their stay will be limited and that information will be posted at the entrance to the library.
  • All library users 2 years of age and older must wear a face covering which completely covers the nose and mouth while the in library.
    • For those unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, reasonable accommodations will include delivery of library services (checkout of materials, reader’s advisory, and reference) via contactless pick-up, phone, and email.
  • People who are sick or have a fever shall not enter the library even if they have face covering.
  • All library users will practice social distancing during their visit.
  • While in the building, library users will practice good hand hygiene by using hand sanitizer.
  • Children (those under 12 years of age) must always be accompanied by and under the supervision of their own parent or caregiver.
  • No food and drink will be allowed in the library.
  • Restrooms are available for patron use on the upper level of the library. Access is with a key available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Meeting room spaces are not available for use.
  • All borrowed materials shall be returned via the outside book returns.
  • There will be no loitering on library property.

The existing Behavior Policy remains in effect.

Approved by the Board of Trustees 7/7/2020

July 9th, 2020|
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